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George Staniforth Coyne
George Staniforth Coyne
Residence Delta, BC, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Known for Cosmology and physics, member of Thescientific worldview.blogspot.ca

George Coyne is a Canadian scientist and writer on theoretical physics and on consciousness. He is a board member of the John Chappell Natural Philosophy Society, a scientific society for the philosophical study of nature and the physical universe. He authored the 2017 book Notfinity Process: Microcosms-in-Motion.

Early Life

Coyne’s interest in science began at the age of four when first attempting to conceive of the Earth in the universe. Since his youth he has been exploring the wonders of the ways that we connect to our environment which led to his interests in philosophy, cosmology and theoretical physics. At age 11 he began wondering about what the word “time” actually referred to and began questioning conventional assumptions about it, and by age 15 he no longer accepted that time was a flowing thing. By the time he was 20, he was sure that accepted definitions for time were complete nonsense and what they described did not exist. He next began seeking definitions for matter, energy, and space, but was unable to find any that made sense. It appeared that scientists had no idea about how these concepts represented any particular thing or occurrence in the universe. To Coyne they appeared to be using their professional power to validate their views on these topics. In his early 20s, Coyne began reading about quantum mechanics and relativity physics. Many of these books were on the Copenhagen interpretation, which did not seem possible. One of the biggest disagreements with this concerned the concept that the universe cannot exist unless an observation occurs, or one makes a measurement.

Scientific History

In 1981 Coyne became interested in David Bohm's interpretation of quantum mechanics because it did not contain impossible concepts, contradictions, or paradoxes, such as duality. However, he did not agree that one could alternate between holding deterministic and indeterministic worldviews depending on the situation.

On August 1, 2014, Coyne began corresponding with the late quantum physicist F. David Peat, the director of The Pari Center for New Learning. Coyne treasured his friendship with Peat, who encouraged him to expand on his writings on consciousness, which first appeared in Dr. Glenn Borchardt’s http://thescientificworldview.blogspot.com/. Coyne shares Borchardt’s world view, and considers him to be one of his closest friends. Coyne began writing guest blogs for The Scientific Worldview web site in August 2015 including one co-written with Borchardt. He has also frequent comments published on Glenn’s weekly blogs.

Later in August Coyne contacted theoretical physicist Dr. Basil Hiley, who co-wrote “The Undivided Universe” with David Bohm and won The Majorana Prize for Best person in physics in 2012. He exchanged several emails with Hiley and spoke with him at a physics conference in London, England in October 2017. Coyne is grateful for Hiley taking the time to clarify one of his concepts, which appears in Coyne’s book with a citation. On July 22, 2017 Coyne presented a consciousness paper for one hour to scientists for the John Chappell Natural Philosophy Society conference.. As of March 17, 2019 it garnered 2715 views. Although most attendees were from the USA some scientists came from places as far away as Africa. It reached over 2700 views within the first few months of its release.

Because of his passion for learning about credible alternative scientific models and desire to interest others in such models, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the John Chappell Natural Philosophy Society. Its website provides the following statement: “CNPS provides an open forum for the study, debate, and presentation of serious scientific ideas, theories, philosophies, and experiments that are not commonly accepted in mainstream science. The CNPS uses the term “Natural Philosophy” in its broader sense which includes physics, cosmology, mathematics, and the philosophy of science. Our goal is to return to the basics where things went wrong and start anew.” Coyne also heads the Vancouver chapter of the Progressive Science Institute,.

Other Work

When not working with special needs youth, some of whom are brilliant high functioning autistic individuals, in his leisure time he enjoys meeting with Duncan Shaw to talk theoretical physics. His natural philosophy wiki entry states: I have a particular interest in the cause of gravity and related matters and devote much of my time developing ideas regarding gravity, electricity, magnetism, inertia and the structure of atoms.” He has some of the best published papers on those topics in the peer reviewed scientific journal “Physics essays.” His excellent physics papers are discussed in Coyne’s book Notfinity Process. Shaw also has an entry in the regular Wikipedia.

Although he has many disagreements with many interpretations of quantum mechanics, Coyne was pleased to accept an invitation from philosopher of mind Paavo Pylkkänen, the co-host of the emergent Quantum Mechanics David Bohm Centennial Symposium, to attend the October 26th to 28th 2017 conference in London, England. Presenters included many of the world’s 37 leading physicists and philosophers, including Sir Roger Penrose. Basil Hiley, Max Tegmark, Paavo Pylkkänen, and mathematical physicist Maurice de Gosson. Coyne had an opportunity to confer with these researchers and many of the other speakers, participants and attendees. Coyne contends that many orthodox physics and cosmogony theories use invalid abstractions, so he is willing to challenge their proponents regardless of how esteemed they may appear. If a theory has contradictions, then it cannot be valid. September 2017 marked the publication date of his 368 page book Notfinity Process: Micorocosms-in-Motion, which critiques the Big Bang Theory, quantum mechanics and relativity theory with 40 pages of references. As of March 2019 it was in the final stages of completing a second edition.

Personal Life

Coyne’s whole foods vegan diet, except for some whey, helps him to keep his blood pressure at 102/ 63, which for someone born in 1952 is quite good. In addition to being a proponent of healthy organic foods, Coyne is also known to encourage others to participate in enjoyable exercises.