Peake has suggested a different explanation as to what happens to human consciousness at the point of death. This theory, which he terms Cheating the Ferryman was first published in the International Journal of Near Death Studies in 2004 and later described in his book Is There Life After Death? (2006). The theory involves Peake's unorthodox interpretation of the latest theories of quantum mechanics, neurology and consciousness studies and concludes that at the point of death the dying person is presented with a literal minute-by-minute recreation of their life in 'real time' from their subjective viewpoint. This inwardly generated 'reality' is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.
According to (Pillow, 2010) Peake is a dualist who argues that the human body is occupied by two entities, "one materialistic (ego) and one transcendent (spirit)".
Peake proposes that four seemingly conflicting theories of quantum physics - the Implicate Order of David Bohm, the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Hugh Everett, the Copenhagen Interpretation of Niels Bohr and the Anthropic Principle of Brandon Carter - can be seen as complementary.
Peake terms this new version of reality the Bohmian IMAX in recognition of Daniel Dennett's Cartesian Theater and the work of David Bohm. Peake therefore suggests purportedly scientifically rational explanations for such puzzling phenomenon as déjà vu, synchronicity and precognition.
- Is There Life After Death? The Extraordinary Science Of What Happens When We Die (2006)
- The Daemon: A Guide To Your Extraordinary Secret Self (2008)
- The Out-of-Body Experience: The History and Science of Astral Travel (2011)
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