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Is There Life After Death? The Extraordinary Science of What Happens When We Die Paperback – January 30, 2012
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There are many threads in Peake's argument, which he tries to bring together at the end of his book. En route it's an interesting journey through the twilight zones of quantum physics, the science of the brain, and human experience, mostly documented by individuals and therefore "unproven."
Peake seems keen to prove that all of human experience takes place within the brain, which is in his view the seat of consciousness. But, in contrast with other materialists, Peake uses scientific evidence to argue that there is no death, as far as the individual is concerned. At the point of death, he argues, the chemicals in our brains which affect our perception of time slow that perception down to a virtual standstill. At this point our brains run through what he calls a Bohmian Imax (named for the physicist David Bohm) , creating a "virtual reality" replay of our entire lives. Everyone else watching us sees us die, but from our point of view we never do.
I am of course oversimplifying a theory that takes Peake several hundred pages to elucidate. But that is the nub of it. There are a number of obvious queries that arise from it. The most obvious is the sheer solipcism of the whole thing. If we are hallucinating our lives as we lie on the ground somewhere bleeding to death, what are we to make of the people with whom we imagine we are spending our lives ? How can they be anything more than 'sims'? If Peake or any of his followers sincerely believe that they are experiencing the Bohmian IMAX, how can they treat anyone else with the respect that a real human being might expect?
Peake claims to have dealt with this question in his book, but this reader at least didn't get it.Read more ›
In this book, Peake attempts to update the ideas of J.W. Dunne in the light of the latest theories of quantum physics, neurology and consciousness studies.
The basic premise is that nearing the point of death, you actually never die and the brain gushes with glutamate, as it did once before, during birth, and you re-live your current life again in a virtual reality generated by the brain (or something else) - a Groundhog Day existence, so to speak. This is due to the fact that time dilates and you literally enter a time-less state or at least a state where time is near endless. This is alluded to by the way your perception of time changes dramatically throughout your life for one reason or another - dreaming, playing, getting bored, endangered, excited, sad and so on. Dropping out of time is what Peake calls it.
Come the near time of your virtual reality death, the process is repeated, ad infinitum so it seems. The doctrine is called Recurrence and it seems the ancient Greeks and others alluded to it, so we find Peake uses Greek terminology for some of his concepts.
Peake uses the fact that time is not constant as well as the NDE, deja-vu, epilepsy and a host of neurological diseases to convince you to believe Recurrence. He does this quite well, but as with anything, the judgement is up to you.Read more ›
So what is the book about? Well, it's really not about life after death and to some extent the title seems an odd choice. Peake lucidly explores quantum physics, medicine, psychology, certain aspects of occult thinking, gnosis, history and more besides, too progressively and comprehensively builds a picture that supports his thesis. It's a book that needed writing because, as I have noted many times, many disciplines are coming together to point to some startling conclusions about reality and Peake manages to communicate the complex with simplicity.
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Nevertheless, his theory (which might be better argued), is intriguing and disturbing. If nothing else it will have me thinking hard for ways to refute it.
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This is an amazing book..I am reading it for the third time now....I have read many books on Quantum Physics and Paranormal phenomena, and found some of them hard to grasp... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steven R Michaud
The title of the book does not match its content. Too much time was spent on Epilepsy and other brain disorders. The conclusion was also not convincing enough.Published 15 months ago by Ullas Ramanadhan
Makes you think about all the religious teachings of death and an afterlife in a whole new practical and scientific way!Published 16 months ago by C. Boatright
From the title I expected this book to be more along the lines of "Near Death Experience" books, which author Peake addresses in chapter 13, and there are only 14 chapters... Read morePublished 17 months ago by NHBunion
After having spent many years studying many different subjects to try and formulate my own understanding (with little success)
, its great to finally find an author who has... Read more
Anthony Peake is undoubtedly a genius. I believe this book will help to awaken the planet into a new paradigm of thought. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Sean's Girl
The blurb on the back of this edition implies that "Is There Life After Death?" is a book investigating and explaining immortality ("everyday clues to your immortality") and... Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by J. MUNRO