The Fifth Influence or The Dialectics of Pleasure
The Fifth influence or, The Dialectics of Pleasure describes how human behavior is determined. It is based on experiments not only in humans, but also with animals, starting with physiological responses, followed by behavioral then purely psychological. Several chapters are then devoted to the inevitable applications to philosophy and even theology of these results obtained experimentally.
About the author
The Author, Michel Cabanac, is the scientist who discovered the phenomena of Alliesthesia, Anapyrexia, and Ponderostat and coined these names for these phenomena. His main contribution consisted in bringing to the scientific realm the understanding of human motivation that was left to philosophers over the centuries. Since his 1972 lead article in Science on the physiological role of pleasure, he has pursued the experimental study of the hedonic dimension of consciousness. This led him not only to new insights of consciousness itself and emotion, but also to a better understanding of human motivation in health, as well as disease. This applies especially to obesity, and to decision making. His most recent experiments on the role of pleasure in decision making study economics, and aggression.
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