QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Author Michel Cabanac, the scientist who discovered the phenomena of Alliesthesia, Ponderostat, and Anapyrexia and coined these names for these phenomena, presents his 50-year intensive work on the critical themes of physiology, psychology, and philosophy of pleasure, in his intriguing book The Fifth influence or, The Dialectics of Pleasure. A brilliant theoretician and experimenter, Cabanac skillfully merges his original ideas with cutting-edge scientific information that he presents in the context of a broad historic perspective, which allows this book to be used effectively as a college textbook, also.
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.
This profound scientific work, written with such clarity, can be easily appreciated by the interested lay person as well as the specialist. And what human being is not interested in the subject of pleasure? It is about a fellow Homo hedonicus, who indefatigably labors in the pursuit of happiness, so closely connected to pleasure.
"Since we are also Homo sapiens, we hedonicus sometimes strive to understand how the relentless springs of action push us around. Almost everything one wants to know about pleasure can be found in this book," says the author.
About the Author
Michel Cabanac recently retired from professor of the Department of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University, Quebec, Canada. He received a medical degree from Lyon, France (research thesis in 1961) and ranked first at France's national competitive examination for university professorship. He was an instructor of physiology at the University of Grenoble, France; a Fulbright Fellow at Yale University; an invited speaker to Neuroscience Research Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston; a full professor of physiology at Claude Bernard University, Lyon; a Chairman of IUPS Commission on Thermal Physiology; and a professor of faculty of medicine at Laval University, Quebec. He has written 298 papers and articles.
The Fifth influence or, The Dialectics of Pleasure by Michel Cabanac
Publication Date: May 24, 2010
Price: $20.95; 284 pages; ISBN 978-1440188367
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