When I read Clay Shirky's paper, http://www.shirky.com/writings/ontology_overrated.html, about classifying online information, the following question pupped up to my mind "Can we really think out of the box?"
As it appears clearly from Shirky's thesis, our thinking is always bounds by the time and place we are living, so making it difficult for us to ponder a universal or a futurist system. The author provided several classification system as an example (Dewy, the Library of Congress, The Soviet Library, and Yahoo's Directory etc...). One thing in common between all these systems is they were all made for a particular user, a user in the designer's mind.
The point I would like to make, or to better put it, the questions I would like to rise:
*Can learning critical thinking makes us think in a more inclusive manner, as to provide solutions with universal application? If yes, how should we critically determine the universality of those solutions?
*And if no, what's the point of learning critical thinking?