First Thoughts on The Perception Deception

One downside to being a specialist in David Icke’s work is that his books get longer as the titles get more defiant, more iconoclastic and frankly funnier. 2010’s Human Race, Get Off Your Knees: The Lion Sleeps No More at 690 pages was the previous record holder, but his latest, The Perception Deception: Or… It’s ALL bollocks – yes, ALL of it (913 pages) is the clear winner. And it’s taken me a while to get through it.

This book was written between Icke’s Wembley Arena show in October 2012 and the launch of The People’s Voice in February. Icke was heavily involved in the People’s Voice, a subscriber-funded Internet tv channel, when it launched, fronting several funding campaigns, making frequent appearances and bringing in many of his collaborators and family, including his son, Gareth and Neil Hague, whose images are heavily featured in The Perception Deception. The People’s Voice is floundering at present, and Icke has all but dropped out of the project – I intend to write a piece detailing the development of the People’s Voice for this blog soon. Icke is at work on a second Wembley Arena gig on October 25th this year.

In many respects, The Perception Deception follows a similar structure to Icke’s work from around the time of 2003’s Tales from  the Time Loop. Prior to this he had generally started with one or other conspiracy theory, and extrapolated from it out into the more rarified levels of the “Global Control Pyramid”, infamously situating Reptilian extraterrestrials at the apex. But from 2003, his concern moves to the idea that all of our apparent reality is illusory, a kind of “dreamworld”. His books and presentations over the last decade have flipped the previous structure, beginning with the illusory Dreamworld and descending from there into the specific conspiracies of the everyday world.

The parallels to the “anticosmic” theologies of various Gnostic theologies and philosophies is clear, and it is telling that Icke often uses the term “the Matrix” to describe the illusory world of the 5 senses, given that the hugely popular movie repackaged Gnostic ideas into a science-fiction narrative. However, as I picked up on at Wembley in 2012, Icke has taken more overt influence from Gnosticism – or at least, from the somewhat simplified popular construction of it. There are numerous references here to “the Gnostic texts” (82, 168, ff), which Icke suggests provide evidence that the physical world is a trap and that the moon is hollow. Most interestingly, however, is that Icke is moving away from talking of reptilians towards talking of Archons particularly, with reptilians becoming one expression or manifestation among others of energetic archonic beings. One could argue that Icke is doing this to minimise the often-ridiculed reptilian thesis without being seen as abandoning it altogether, but I think that rather, he has found a way to reconcile the apparent contradiction between having evil extraterrestrial agents and a world which is illusory. Wouldn’t that make the reptilians illusory too, and the threat they pose? Not if they are projections of malevolent archontic energies from outside the Matrix…

Other than that, there is little that is new in The Perception Deception. Rather, it is a comprehensive exposition of his previous work: the illusory dreamworld of Tales from the Time Loop; the global conspiracies of …And the Truth Shall Set You Free and Alice in Wonderland and the World Trade Center Disaster; Human Race, Get off your Knees‘ “moon matrix” and it’s connection with Saturn from Remember Who You Are; even the more Theosophically-inspired material from his earliest books like the seldom-acknowledged Love Changes Everything, particularly the narrative of the corruption of a Luciferian being and the subsequent “fall” and separation of mankind from the rest of the universe. That narrative also recalls the work of G. I. Gurdjieff, who himself drew liberally from Gnostic traditions. I’ll explore the influence of Gurdjieff on Icke’s work in a future post.

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7 thoughts on “First Thoughts on The Perception Deception

  1. duanemiller June 15, 2014 / 11:30 pm

    Thank you for this. As someone who studied philosophy for some years it seems that Icke is addressing fundamentally epistemological questions, like how does one gain knowledge, and what is the nature of truth. Is this correct? Is he ever willing to address fundamental questions like do souls exist, does matter exist, does God exist, and so on?

    • adamkadmon June 16, 2014 / 12:01 am

      Thanks for your questions. I’ve been arguing that Icke (and others like him) are addressing epistemological issues for a while. It seems to me personally that much of the criticism of this milieu is based upon the question “Why do people believe such things?” – yet for the people I have spoken to in my research, the more accurate question would be “How do we know anything?” Icke frequently addresses the questions you raise – while he would likely avoid using Christian terminology like “soul” he absolutely supports the idea of some kind of “subtle body”; he supports a conception of “God” in which we are all emanations from a common and eternal source; and he argues that both matter and time are further emanations of that same source, although emanations which form the bars of the prison in which we find ourselves (if you will allow me to paraphrase).

      The question of how one gains knowledge is intersting. In the end, that’s what my PhD was about. I’ve an article coming out in the journal Nova Religio on the matter soon (in relation to Whitley Strieber), so I’ll write more when it’s published. In the meantime, I’d be keen to hear more about how Icke’s ideas reflect on your philosophical studies.

  2. duanemiller June 17, 2014 / 1:37 pm

    I did my BA in philosophy, so it’s not my main academic interest (which is religious conversion from Islam to Christianity). That having been said, the epistemological questions of 1. what is knowledge, and 2. how does one gain knowledge, and 3. how does know that one has gained knowledge, all seem highly relevant to what Icke is proposing. It sounds to me like Icke is ultimately collapsing everything into a strange sort of metaphysic. In philosophy we can talk about metaphysics (well, some would say we cannot, that it is not a genuine discourse and it is nonsense language, but I disagree), and we can evaluate the evidence for and against various positions regarding these things–the mind-body dualism, God, matter, time, and so on. My question then is, can the conspiracy mentality produce its own metaphysic? I see this sometime when people are talking about Jesus–how people are happy to say all sorts of crazy stuff about the Catholic Church and the Jesuits and aliens and stuff, but they won’t come out and say that Jesus himself was part of this nefarious conspiracy. Incidentally, what does Icke say about Jesus?

  3. adamkadmon June 24, 2014 / 8:22 am

    Absolutely – Icke and others like Strieber, David Wilcock, etc., are attempting to construct metaphysics (or Theories of Everything – TOEs) which combine conspiracy narratives and supernatural or spiritual narratives. So Icke’s model can include the Boston Marathon bombing, gnosticism and holographic universe hypotheses in one. Interestingly, however, these individuals usually begin in a loosely-defined “new Age” background, and later incorporate conspiracy material – in my forthcoming book, I suggest that this is because the conspiracy narrative offers a believable excuse as to why the New Age never happened…

    In his early work, Icke often talks about (and sometimes apparently to) Jesus, in the late-theosophical sense of the Christ Spirit. He is described as an aspect of Rakorsky, the spirit of the Earth and the New Age. This is most elaborated in Love Changes Everything (1992), which he tellingly never mentions anymore. That is at least in part because he now portrays Jesus as a myth created by the Archons/reptilian elites to control the masses.

    • Linda Stone January 21, 2016 / 9:57 pm

      Thank you for this discussion I just heard Icke for the first time today and
      found his theories confirmed my perceptions of the power elite and his projection
      of the universe mirrors Biblical concept of things seen are made of things not seen.

      But most compelling is his description of the globalist vision for the new world order.

      • adamkadmon January 21, 2016 / 10:24 pm

        That is what most of his audience find most compelling, I think. He has a new book coming out, Linda, called The Phantom Self. Maybe you should check it out?

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