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Anthony Peake is a qualified psychometrician and divisional human resources manager for Nuffield Hospitals and has over twenty years experience researching the structure of consciousness and quantum mechanics. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Ltd (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848370792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848370791
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,331,232 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 ( 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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I was already a fan of Anthony Peake, having read his first book ("Is There Life After Death?: The Extraordianry Science of What Happens When We Die", 2006) but I am if possible moreso now. "The Daemon" is an excellent text for anyone interested in our divided self. Using Binary Mind theory as his premise, and with a sophisticated and elegant drawing from classical philosophy, nuero-science, psychology, cognitive theory quantum physics, and literature, Peake reveals that we have a second, secret self which both partakes in, and is transcendent to, our daily self. This is the eternal part of us, which will live recurrently. the notion of eternal recurrence was advocated by the great Nietzsche, and Peake now fuses this theory with quantum physics, making the transcendent also empirically real.

In chapter 3, there is an examination of the Socratic daemon; and this dipping into antiquity, while standing firmly in 21st century quantum scientific theory, is the mark of Peake's superiority, and makes him a joy to read. Chapter 10 is a beautiful exploration of the 20th century Gnostic writer of high brow science fiction (with philosophical underpinnings), Philip K Dick. Peake is strongly identified with Mr. Dick, having been an impassioned reader and researcher of his texts in his youth, and bearing a name which is eerily similar to a character from one of Dick's own stories, about a man who would be the harbinger of a new afterlife theory: Anarch Peak.

I highly recommend this text, which in my opinion surpasses Peter Novak's wildly popular "The Division of Consciousness" and "The Lost Secret of Death" : if only because Peake is such a good writer, and is so modest in his premises, and yet delivers a theory which is sublime , exciting, and beautiful. I give it 5 stars, unreservedly.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pamela S. Parker on June 6, 2011
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This book is a must read! Once I began reading, I couldn't put it down. While I can't say that I agree with everything that Peake has come to believe through the years, as a result of his experiences and research, most of this book gave me the answers that I have been searching for.

Many years ago, I had an experience with "TLE" (Temporal Lobe Epilepsy). Maybe, I should say - an experience that mimicked "TLE". It lasted for several days, but, it only happened once! Everyone around me during that time (and there were many witnesses) saw some of the "supernatural phenomena" that took place. I didn't know what had happened to me for many years, but what I experienced was profound. It changed me, and it changed many others, too.

As far as I know, this book is the only book that gives the correct information on this particular subject, and it helped me make sense of what my "Daemon" was trying to get across to me. Peake also helped me to understand that this experience happens to many people.

The world has become so materialistic that very few people actually recognize that we are spiritual beings, having a physical experience. Peake has courageously brought extremely important information to the world, and I hope that his work gets the positive attention that it deserves.

I am so impressed with Anthony Peake, that I ordered his first book, "Is There Life After Death?" before I even finished this one!
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By MysticJaguar VINE VOICE on June 16, 2009
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If you have been in metaphysics for awhile then you already know about the 'higher self'. The breadth of the topic is wide and incompasses many ideas. When the author looks at the concept of the higher self being able to tap into timeless/precognitive awareness he is on pretty solid ground.

However, when he delves into the concept that we are all living personal ground-hog day lives over and over as the source of the precognitive information ('Recurrence' theory from the first book) is where he looses it. To imagine that the universe would waste so much creative potential by looping the same moments repeatedly is absurd. The universe is an engine of creativity not of monotony. The author also says the daemon (Eidolon) resides in the non-dominant hemisphere of the brain. Here we have shades of the dillusions of Descartes who taught that spirit is tangential to matter and the soul incidental to the body intersecting only at the pineal gland. One of the first rules of metaphysics is precision. The more precise you attempt to be in your theories and formulae the more likely you are whistling dixie.

If the author (or reader) can edit out some of these weaker points then you have something you can get into. But I would caution that merely discovering the poles of being is not enough. Getting beyond duality requires movement and communication. I'm not sure the author really developed these last points adequately. In the end I struggle with concepts of concepts in this book. Simply building castles of ideas on others ideas can be nothing but foundations of sand. What matters is experience not just theories.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on March 6, 2012
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Anthony Peakes's books and all of his work has really given me some helpful insights into experiences I have had my whole life but have very few places to be taken seriously or to have a way to discuss and look at my own experiences in a light other than mental illness.
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