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Anthony Peake is the author of  five highly acclaimed books including Is There Life After Death - The Extraordinary Science of What Happens When We Die, The Labyrinth of Time and The Out of Body Experience - The History and Science of Astral Travel. He now turns his attention to one of the most influential writers of the second half of the twentieth century, the enigmatic Philip K. Dick. In this book Peake attempts to place Dick's extraordinary experiences known as 2-3-74 in a broader picture. He will also present fascinating evidence that Dick may have been, as he termed the state in many of his novels and short stories, a "precog" - a person that can see the future.
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  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Limited (September 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782122427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782122425
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anthony Peake (born 1954)grew up on the Wirral, near Liverpool, England. He was educated at Wirral Grammar School, Warwick University and the London School of Economics. He is a member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, The Scientific & Medical Network and the Society for Psychic Research.

In his previous two books Anthony has presented a potentially paradigm-changing hypothesis that suggests that human consciousness survives the physical death of the body by falling out of time. He calls this process Cheating The Ferryman. In his second book, The Daemon- A Guide To Your Extraordinary Secret Self, he focuses in on one major element of this hypothesis - that all human beings consist of two centres of consciousness. Borrowing from Gnostic terminology He call these "The Daemon" and "The Eidolon".

In turn "Cheating The Ferryman" seems to offer a radically new, and scientifically based, explanation for such phenomena as "Near-Death Experience", "Deja Vu", "Precognition", "Angelic Encounters", "Doppelgangers" and many other mysteries of consciousness.

He has been interviewed by many radio stations and magazines across the world and has appeared on British television discussing the explanatory power of this idea. He is also developing a reputation as an engaging and dynamic public speaker having now presented over 100 lectures across the UK, Europe and the USA. In July of 2009 he was a speaker at a prestigious "Platform Event" at the National Theatre in London, and two weeks later he presented a lecture to over 300 people in Manhattan, New York.

Since 2006 Anthony has continued to collect evidence for "Cheating The Ferryman" and has been contacted by many hundreds of individuals from round the world who have presented him with stunning personal accounts that support his theory. In turn Anthony has made contact with a handful of the world's leading experts working in the areas of science central to his hypothesis.

As far as Anthony is concerned "Cheating The Ferryman" is a work-in-progress. For this purpose he has created a very active FORUM (www.anthonypeake.com/forum). This FORUM is open to all and Anthony actively seeks out contributions from his readers and other individuals and organisations interested in assisting in developing this hypothesis.

In November 2009 Anthony began a regular slot on BBC Radio Merseyside.

After living in many parts of the United Kingdom Anthony has returned to his roots on The Wirral where he continues to explore the implications of "Cheating The Ferryman" and in his spare time worries about the decline of his beloved football team, Tranmere Rovers.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brad Steiger on November 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Not only has Anthony Peake written a superb biography of a remarkably talented and multilayered genius of contemporary science fiction, he has done me a personal favor by allowing me to meet the man with whom I had corresponded for many years. When Philip K. Dick initiated a correspondence with me, it was to inform me that his tutelary spirit had told him in a vision to contact me to learn about my theories about individuals who have extraterrestrial encounters and those who claim memories of lives on other worlds or other dimensions. Therefore, our letters and late night telephone conversations, many of which could go on for hours, were philosophical, theological, and mystical. On occasion, there might be a third party on the line, perhaps a visiting editor whom we had in common, but even then, apart from briefly discussing the current literary situation, the conversation always returned to the esoteric, the ontological, and the otherworldly. Never did PKD and I discuss the mundane trappings and bothersome vicissitudes of ordinary life. Shortly after he had seen the roughcut of Blade Runner, PKD began talking of planning a visit to celebrate my February birthday. At last, I would meet the man with whom I had shared dreams, visions, and spiritual encounters--but whom I did not know at all as a person. Our meeting was not to be, for PKD became ill and died in early March 1982. It was not until I read the wonderful biography A Life of Philip K. Dick, The Man Who Remembered the Future by Anthony Peake that I learned just how complex, driven, and brilliant that my friend truly was. Brad Steiger
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tessa B. Dick on January 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
First, I do not profit in any way from the sales of this book, Second, I do not receive any royalties from the sale of any books by Philip K. Dick. Yes, I was married to him, but I was also divorced from him. I have no financial stake in this whatsoever.

The book has many errors of name, place and date, as well as many typographical errors.

However, the theories presented about the visionary experience of Philip K, Dick interest me profoundly. I read this book with great interest, and I do believe that Mr. Peake's theories offer a new perspective which must be taken seriously. Even though I do not believe that we experience the same lifetime, over and over, as Mr. Peake proposes, I do find some interesting evidence that deja vu is a real experience and not the product of an over-active imagination.

The psychological profile of Philip K. Dick, which was done in the 1950s, is especially enlightening.

I hope to see a second edition with the numerous errors corrected.

Meanwhile, this edition is collectible, in my opinion.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Morgan on December 16, 2013
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Speculative fiction (rather than Sci-Fi) is how Phil would want you to read that. And, I think he would want you to read this fresh biography, as well. It has been well received and respected by PKD's widow Tessa. Some might wonder why we need another look at PKD's like and so-called problems.

As an author, Anthony Peake is uniquely qualified to analyze Philip K. Dick’s life. Why? Tony’s ongoing investigations into metaphysical matters, quantum theory, the pineal gland (aka our “third eye”), and The Infinite Mindfield (another new book of his) combined with his long-standing interest and investigation of PKD is perfect. it was a natural progression in Peake's writing. In fact, Tony had already devoted the closing chapter of his first book to Phil. That is The Daemon: A Guide to Your Extraordinary Secret Self. While writing his intervening books on life after death and out of body experiences, it became increasingly apparent to Tony that one man had embodied most, if not all, of these “high strange” experiences. That, of course, was PKD.

In this case you can judge a book by its cover. The layout and organization of this bio is just as appealing beginning with both biography and bibliography of Phil’s novels in the first section, followed by my favorite part—“The Esoteric Explanation.” That includes precognition, time theories, the Zero Point Field, “Daimonic Duality”, and even alien abduction. Part Three is “A Neurological Explanation” that covers much more than the old saw about insanity or multiple personalities. The book ends with an Epiologue on “The Man Behind the Myth.” For the scholars, there are over four hundred endnotes, and a thorough index.

In other words, for anyone who would enjoy knowing more about PKD without reading the 1,000 page Exegesis, this is the fast track to all things Phildickian. Enjoy!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By oleskipper on December 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
An interesting book about a fascinating subject. Fans of PKD and/or Peake need not hesitate. It is easy, however, to be irritated with this author - with all the information easily available, why can't he even be bothered to get famous people's names right? Anybody heard of bandleader Glen Miller? Or rock singer Neal Young? Maybe they are relatives of famous psychologist Karl Jung, from Peake's first book? Dick's classic novel Now Wait for Last Year is here constantly (banally) referred to as Now Wait for Next Year, even in the notes section and index.

Peake is equally casual with dates - a major problem when the writing time of any Dick novel is cited as evidence of the author's precognitive abilities. The first two thirds of the book are a straightforward biography of PKD, rather inferior to Sutin's Divine Invasions, though with interesting details. Often, however, one wonders why Peake has selected these particular details above others, as little is made of them. Neither does Peake exhibit a profound understanding of Dick's literary qualities, indeed his acquaintance with this author seems to be of a fairly recent date.

While the general scholarship fails to impress, the book scores in its final third, where Dick's ideas, especially centered around his famous VALIS experience, are seen in relation to newer mind/brain research, neuroscience and personality models. This makes for fascinating reading, as do the extracts from Dick's letters and his monumental Exegesis.

An entertaining read. 4 stars, with reservations.
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