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Introduction1

Rebecca tells her brother a funny story about a letter Jane Crofut received from a minister.

It was addressed:

Jane Crofut; The Crofut Farm; Grover’s Corners; Sutton County; New Hampshire; United States of America; North America; Western Hemisphere; the Earth; the Solar System; the Universe; the Mind of God. — Thornton Wilder, Our Town (1938)

If you’ve ever seen it, then this scene from Our Town probably sticks with you. It is probably so powerful because it expresses something that is core to the human imagination, and that is why “media makers” have found a way to represent some version of it in pretty much every medium possible.

Of course, there’s that humorous and memorable Animaniacs’ Yakko’s Universe Song that captures the gist. It is intended for children, but is still fun to watch at any age.

There was also the Kees Boeke essay written in the 1950’s entitled Cosmic View (Wikipedia) that inspired National Film Board of Canada’s 1968 film Cosmic Zoom (Wikipedia) as well as IBM’s 1977 film Powers of Ten (Wikipedia).

Here’s a YouTube from around 10 years ago that goes so far as to add the actual numeric scale to some very similar footage.

Finally, a similar theme was expressed in a more serious tone and with a more profound message in Carl Sagan’s iconic introduction to his Cosmos: A Personal Voyage book and series back in the 1980s.

Later on there was this approach to the idea that is particularly entertaining.

It was only a matter of time before an implementation in 360°/3D/VR media come along, and it arrived in the form of this interactive 360° Video entitled Neos: The Universe narrated tour.

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Related

Here are links to pages about closely related subjects.

Knowledge Realm

Chronology Calendar, Clock
Geography Navigation, Map

Realms

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Cosmological

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Physical

“Fundamentals”
Law (Constant) Relativity
Force Gravity, Electromagnetism (Light, Color)
Matter (Microscope) Molecule, Atom (Periodic Table), Particle

“Space”
Universe (Astronomical Instrument)
Galaxy Milky Way, Andromeda
Planetary System Star, Brown Dwarf, Planet, Moon

Our Neighborhood
Solar System Sun
Terrestrial Planet Mercury, Venus, Earth (Moon), Mars
Asteroid Belt Ceres, Vesta
Jovian Planet Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
Trans-Neptunian Object
Kuiper Belt Pluto, Haumea, Makemake
Scattered Disc Eris, Sedna, Planet X
Oort Cloud Etc. Scholz’s Star
Small Body Comet, Centaur, Asteroid

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Terrestrial

Sphere Land, Ice, Water (Ocean), Air, Life (Cell, Gene, Microscope)
Ecosystem Forest, Grassland, Desert, Arctic, Aquatic

Tree of Life
Microorganism
Plant Flower, Tree
Animal
Invertebrate Octopus, Ant, Bee, Butterfly, Spider, Lobster
Vertebrate Fish, Seahorse, Ray, Shark, Frog, Turtle, Tortoise, Dinosaur
Bird, Ostrich, Owl, Crow, Parrot
Mammal Bat, Rabbit, Giraffe, Camel, Horse, Elephant, Mammoth
Whale, Dolphin, Walrus, Seal, Polar Bear, Bear, Cat, Tiger, Lion, Dog, Wolf
Monkey, Chimpanzee, Human

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Anthropological

Human
Self Body, Brain
Society Culture, Family, Dwelling, Fashion, Celebration
State

World
Afro-Eurasia Africa, Europe, Asia
America North, Central, South, Caribbean
Oceania Australia, New Zealand
Polar Regions Arctic, Antarctica

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Mystical

Fictional, Mythical, Celestial
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Notes

1.   The resources on this page are are organized by a classification scheme developed exclusively for Cosma.