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Time2Tabletop’s editor/audio magician, Valerie Holt, lays out some of the subjects we discuss into a full discussion of it’s own.

Episode Commentary

Welcome to the bonus material. I’m Valerie, everyone’s favorite editor, and inconsequential fact expert. If you listen to this week’s podcast guest starring Jeff Roivas, which hopefully you have before you jumped into the bonus material, then you probably hear about the Official Disney Princess list. As a self-proclaimed Disney expert, I am here to clear the air about what it actually means to be an Official Disney princess.

Let’s start with the basics, what is an Official Disney princess? Well, it’s pretty simple, a Disney Princess a member of the Disney Princesses. The Disney Princess also called the Princesses Line is a franchise built off of several Disney characters that spend moves from cross the Disney timeline. Not every Princess or female Disney member is part of the exclusive club.

So now you must be asking, who are the members of the Princess Line. As of 2018, the list of official Disney princesses includes Mulan, Snow White, Tiana, Cinderella, Belle, Merida, Rapunzel, Ariel, Aurora, Jasmine, and Pocahontas.

Wondering what it takes to be a member of this elite cub? Well, wonder no more! In case you are curious about the criteria to become an Official Disney, Princess is:

  1. Have a primary role in an animated movie own my Disney, in other words, they can’t be introduced in a sequel or be live action.
  2. Be human, or become human, like Ariel.
  3. Be royal, marry royal, or perform an act of heroism, like Mulan.
  4. Be a box office hit, which is where most potential princesses fail.   

Its import to remember that the Princes line its entirely own franchise started in 2000 with the intention to make the merchandise more profitable. The original line-up consisted of princesses Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan and Tinker Bell. Tinker Bell was soon removed from the latter category and the overall line-up. Disney

At this point they probably a few girls in your mind that fit the bill but aren’t in the lineup. Girls such as Anna and Elsa from Frozen and Mona, from Mona.

While there is a lot of debate about why Elsa and Anna aren’t an official princess, what it boils down to is money. Frozen makes them so much money marketing the girls on their own, they don’t need to be in the lineup to keep making money. There is also concern about the overshadowing the other members. Maybe one day they will join the other princesses, but that day is not today.

There is a whole other set up of problems with Mona becoming a princess.  In the movie especially, she said: “I’m not a princess”. There are good arguments on both sides for her. She meets all the criteria and yet her character as opposed to the idea. Only time will tell if Disney will put the girl through the coronation to be a Disney princess.

Now that the Disney Princesses are out of the way, let’s talk a little bit about the technicality of human senses. Contrary to what you learn in elementary school there is a lot more than five senses or a lot less according to other trains of thoughts.

What most people learn in school is that we have five senses: sight, taste, smell, touch, and hearing. Which is true, most humans do have those senses, but it’s not as cut and dry as that. As pointed out by guest star Jeff Roivas, taste and smell are so linked that if you lose one of them you really lose both. Touch is also a lot more complicated than just feeling something against your skin. When you touch you feel pressure, heat or the lack thereof, the texture of what you’re touching. I don’t know about you but that sounds like a lot more than just “one sense” to me.

And many scientists agree with me. The most common consensus on how many senses we have falls between nine and twenty-one.

Here is a short list of some of them:

  • Touch:  This has been found to be distinct from pressure, temperature, pain, and even itch sensors.
  • Pressure: the Obvious sense is obvious.  
  • Itch:  Surprisingly, this is a distinct sensor system from other touch-related senses.
  • Thermoception:  Ability to sense heat and cold.  This also is thought of as more than one sense.  This is not just because of the two hot/cold receptors, but also because there is a completely different type of thermometer, in terms of the mechanism for detection, in the brain.  This thermoception in the brain is used for monitoring internal body temperature.
  • Sound:  Detecting vibrations along some medium, such as air or water that is in contact with your eardrums.
  • Smell:  Yet another of the sensors that work off of a chemical reaction.  This sense combines with taste to produce flavors.
  • Proprioception:  This sense gives you the ability to tell where your body parts are, relative to other body parts.  This sense is one of the things police officers test when they pull over someone who they think is driving drunk.  The “close your eyes and touch your nose” test is testing this sense. This sense is used all the time in little ways, such as when you scratch an itch on your foot, but never once look at your foot to see where your hand is relative to your foot.
  • Tension Sensors:  These are found in such places as your muscles and allow the brain the ability to monitor muscle tension.
  • Nociception:  In a word, pain.  This was once thought to simply be the result of overloading other senses, such as “touch”, but this has been found not to be the case and instead, it is its own unique sensory system.  There are three distinct types of pain receptors: cutaneous (skin), somatic (bones and joints), and visceral (body organs).
  • Equilibrioception:   The sense that allows you to keep your balance and sense body movement in terms of acceleration and directional changes.  This sense also allows for perceiving gravity. The sensory system for this is found in your inner ears and is called the vestibular labyrinthine system.  Anyone who’s ever had this sense go out on them on occasion knows how important this is. When it’s not working or malfunctioning, you literally can’t tell up from down and moving from one location to another without aid is nearly impossible.
  • Stretch Receptors:  These are found in such places as the lungs, bladder, stomach, and the gastrointestinal tract.  A type of stretch receptor, that senses dilation of blood vessels, is also often involved in headaches.
  • Chemoreceptors:  These trigger an area of the medulla in the brain that is involved in detecting blood born hormones and drugs.  It also is involved in the vomiting reflex.
  • Thirst:  This system more or less allows your body to monitor its hydration level and so your body knows when it should tell you to drink.
  • Hunger:  This system allows your body to detect when you need to eat something.
  • Magnetoception:  This is the ability to detect magnetic fields, which is principally useful in providing a sense of direction when detecting the Earth’s magnetic field.  Unlike most birds, humans do not have a strong magnetoception, however, experiments have demonstrated that we do tend to have some sense of magnetic fields.  The mechanism for this is not completely understood; it is theorized that this has something to do with deposits of ferric iron in our noses. This would make sense if that is correct as humans who are given magnetic implants have been shown to have a much stronger magnetoception than humans without.
  • Time:  This one is debated as no singular mechanism has been found that allows people to perceive time.  However, experimental data has conclusively shown humans have a startling accurate sense of time, particularly when younger. The mechanism we use for this seems to be a distributed system involving the cerebral cortex, cerebellum, and basal ganglia.  Long-term timekeeping seems to be monitored by the suprachiasmatic nuclei (responsible for the circadian rhythm). Short-term timekeeping is handled by other cell systems.

The struggle that the scientific community is that it is hard to separate what is different sense and what is just a symptom of another sense.

Then you could go to the other extreme Don Katz, an associate professor of psychology at Brandeis University in the US claims that we only have one. believe that all our senses belong to a single system. He compares the brain to a computer fed an immense amount of data so it can generate a single, simplified finding. For the program to run, information must be gathered through all the senses.

He goes to say that we don’t realize this. We are only aware of program’s final result, which is the illusion that only one sense is responsible for what we experience. After all, when you boil anything down to the microscopic level, everything is a waveform and how we interpret that waveform depends on how big or small the wave is and how close we are to it and where it hits us. Yeah, I don’t really understand it that well myself.

If your curious to know more, google it (or better use a database from your local library, knowledge is out there waiting for you)!

About The Editor

Hi, you can call me V. I’m the current sound editor for the Off the Dice podcast. Self-proclaimed jeopardy expert, animation lover, and chocolate enthusiast.  My life goal is to be a jack of all trades and an expert on everything. I currently fill my days with board games, video games, and random art projects.