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.