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Is There Life After Death? [Hardcover]

Anthony Peake
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30 Aug 2006
A standard sales pitch for some books has been the line 'this book will change your life.' Well, for once this statement is true. Is There Life After Death? suggests a simply amazing new theory as to what happens to human consciousness at the point of death. Anthony Peake proposes a totally original idea - that we all never die but continue to live within an inwardly generated version of reality similar to that suggested in films such as The Matrix and Vanilla Sky.

The book takes the reader on a fascinating review of the latest findings regarding the science of reality itself, reviewing such mysteries as Schrödinger’s Cat, The EPR Paradox, The Implicate Order, The PHI Experiment, The Many Worlds Interpretation and many other mind-blowing facts in the fields of quantum physics, neurology and consciousness studies.

In doing so Peake presents credible, and scientifically sound, explanations for such mysteries as déjà vu, precognition, multiple personality disorder, and Near Death Experience.

In his introduction Dr. Bruce Greyson, Carlson Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia and editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies concludes that " Peake's explanation of your immortality is the most innovative and provocative I have seen." Read the book and see if you agree.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books (30 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785821627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785821625
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,155,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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According to Greek mythology all recently dead souls have the option of returning to the world of the living. In order to do this they have to drink from the Lethe, one of the five great rivers of The Underworld. The waters of this 'River of Forgetting' wash away all memories of a previous life. The soul is then re-born on earth to live its life again.
This book is an attempt to show that the ancient Greek myth has a potential truth within its fiction. By reviewing the physics of reality, the science of perception and the neurology of the brain it suggests that we may not inevitably have to cross into the world of the dead.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enhancing 13 Feb 2007
This book enhanced my life. In earlier years I was always a "down-to-earth"-person, living very much in "reality". Probably when you become older, you open up more and more to new ideas - not only about death, but also about life itself. Anthony peake manages to shift our idea of "reality". Even if Peake might not be "right" with his conclusions, it is worthwile to read this book to shift one's own perspective. Fortunately I was prepared for the first part of Peake's book by having red "The Fabric of the Cosmos" by Brian Greene. Peake's foundation for his ideas are taken from scientific evidence and ideas, most proven, some not proven yet.

Part two was focussed on practical experiencec of NDE's, epilepsy and other "illnesses" or irregularities like schizophrenia. This made it even more real, bringing Peake's theories to life.

I wouldn't say, this book shows the absolute truth what happens when we die, but at the least it opens possibilities for our own, very limited, thinking about the matter.

And if Peake is right - the better!
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed feelings 4 Feb 2007
By Hamster
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The first part of the book was interesting in its explanation of why quantum physicists have had to re-think the nature of reality. The universe and our place within it appears to be stranger than we can imagine...After this, the book seemed to do a bit of its own 'big bang', shooting off in many directions: what Gnostic christians thought and wrote, schizophrenia, brain studies, history, feelings of deja vu. precognition, dreams, Freud....I could feel that familiar feeling of disappointment - where's the 'science' that was promised? But I kept going. After all, as the author pointed out, trillions of other 'me's' have read only the first paragraph of the book and then chucked it away, read only half, read most of it but couldn't finish it etc. The only version of me that I'm aware of managed to read all of it, but skimmed a few pages in the middle where I wondered if the author was just treading water, telling us everything he knows about the issues that interested him.

Peake tells us that we have within us another consciousness. This is the 'Daemon' that has been here before. He 'sits on the top of the moving train' of our lives, able to see what the future holds for us. We, however, can't see the future because we are inside the train, looking out sideways at the scenery rushing by. Now and again, this 'hidden observer' is able to warn us of what's ahead, allowing us to make decisions that alter our future for the better. Some people get strong feelings not to board a plane. They may get a message in a dream, like the girl who dreamed in the 60's that her school was covered in 'black stuff'. Unfortunately, she died along with the other victims of Aberfan, as her mother didn't let her stay home that day because of a 'dream'. I wondered where all the 'Daemons' were on 9/11.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb - a must read... 10 Sep 2006
I am not at all sure the claims made in this book are 'scientific fact' but there are certainly powerful arguments supporting the author' theories.

Many of the conclusions are based on old experiments and, sometimes, even older case histories and these temper somewhat the strength of argument.

Personally, I feel the basis on which some conclusions are drawn to be rather tenuous and this means these conclusions are, perhaps, a 'leap of faith'.

The physics, however, cannot be called into question.

All that notwithstanding, this is an excellent and thought provoking read; very well researched and very well written.

I thoroughly recommend this book to all, with this proviso; don't blindly believe what the author states - read slowly and methodically to take in the arguments as they are presented, then make up your own mind.

You may just conclude, as I have, that he is not 100% correct, but neither is he 100% incorrect.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars half baked 12 Jun 2008
By tim
i'm sorry to be negative but this book is potentially misleading and lacks rigour. His interpretaion of much of the science is lacking in foundation. He seems to be drawing on his own interpretations of other peoples work to weave a pattern to prove his theories. There is a sense of adding 2 plus 2 to equal 5 or 6. His writing style is excellent and there is much of interest - but given the errors - it is hard to take seriously. The book by David Fontana is better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wouldnt it be nice! 6 July 2012
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I've read this book several times now and I personally am really taken by the ideas presented here.

It is science-y in parts and upon reading it a few times it does sink in as Anthony Peake has made a massively complex subject much more digestible than I've read elsewhere by psycho-babble uber clever experts in the field. He puts it as plain and simple as possible.

What could happen to your conscienceness at the point of death?

That is the bare bones of what this book is all about. I had never really been interested in near death experiences before I read this book. I'd read a few examples of NDE's in various magazines/journals but some of the examples here are literally jaw dropping (for me). I've searched out more examples since and am astounded by some of the descriptions people give. The one in particular in this book is the avalanche chap who re-lived in 'real time' (in his mind) several days of his life as a school kid second by second, every single detail to perfection. This all happened in reality in several minutes! Fantastic example. I liked the IMAX idea. You know, when your life flashes before your eyes in the blink of an eye frame by frame in all it's high def glory. All this information is stored in our consciousness and is mostly inaccessible until a traumatic incident happens to us and the idea of the Greek mythological river Lethe, interesting stuff indeed. I don't want to give too much away as this is a very interesting read.

If you are interested in NDE's, the concept of time in conciousness and the possibility of an existence after bodily death, give this a go and if you're not it may even change the way you think about death and the fear of it.

But, if we do re-live our lives again over and over, what about those poor people who are unfortunate enough to have been through wars, ethnic cleansing, torture and any other abhorrent life situations.

Surely not?
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