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on 4 February 2007
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. Why didn't one of the victims get a message to take a 'sicky' on that day? The author admits that no astrologer got it right, but the daemons must have been asleep, or else everyone on that day was destined to die and get re-born and start again.
Finally, at the end, the author pulls together all the issues he explored and tells us that we all live our lives over and over again. Deja vu is our glimpses into our previous lives, precognition is a glimpse of the future that's already there for us to live, or to change if we can...I had mixed feelings about the book. In places, I felt that the author was on to something and at other times, I felt that it was all just a weaving of ideas with no solid evidence for any of them. I wish these books wouldn't have the word 'science' on the front cover. There really wasn't any scientific evidence for much of what was discussed here.