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The voices in my head

It has just been suggested that I have a Pullman-esque Daemon in my office.

studio daemon

No, really. A Daemon.

Well. I thought. Well. I always thought it was an assemblage of wire, paper, clockwork and paint. But. A Daemon.

Wikipedia runs through the usual connections with Pullman, and goes on to namecheck a book I’ve not read:

In his book Is There Life After Death, The Extraordinary Science of What Happens When You Die, British writer Anthony Peake suggests that the daemon is a very real aspect of human consciousness and suggests that this being is directly involved in the phenomenon known as near-death experience. He also argues that this daemonic presence may explain the ‘voices’ experienced by creative individuals such as writers, poets and artists and, in extreme cases, schizophrenics. In the Freudian sense, The Daemon is a powerful network of the Id and Superego together.

The Id and the Superego together?

It’s really only there to scare 1st years. And colleagues I don’t want to talk to, so it gives them something to ask about while they forget what they wanted when they came in.

I’m going to have to think about this. After my meeting at 3. With coffee.

And yes, Andy, that’s your palm pilot on the right.


2 comments for “The voices in my head”

  1. Hi Tom,

    I am interested to see what you make of my theory … and after all it is a theory. I am keen to solicite responses from any individuals interested. Oh, by the way, i do not know where the reviewer got the idea that I am proposing that the id and super ego are combined. My Freudian and Jungian readers would have my guts for garters!!!

    Finally, maybe take a quick look at my ‘open’ blog. You may find it of interest -



    Anthony (Tony) Peake

    Posted by Anthony Peake | February 21, 2008, 12:16 pm
  2. You are exposing my Palm Pilot to dark forces. That’s not why I gave it to you. You don’t deserve nice things.

    Posted by Andrew Crist | February 26, 2008, 1:16 pm

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