George Staniforth Coyne
George Staniforth Coyne
|Born||October 2, 1952|
|Residence||North Delta, BC, Canada|
|Known for||Cosmology and physics, member of Thescientific worldview.blogspot.ca and head of the Vancouver regional office of The Progressive Science Institute. Editor and writer for sciencewoke.org|
George Coyne is a Canadian scientist, philosopher, author and counsellor. In his 2017 book Notfinity Process: Microcosms-in-Motion he critiques relativity theory, the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, and Big Bang cosmology, while promoting alternative models that do not contain paradoxes or contradictions. He also writes about a new paradigm for consciousness, which does not require anything other than brain functioning.
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. Coyne agrees with philosopher Nicholas Maxwell's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Maxwell argument that science and philosophy need to be reunited into a modern version of natural philosophy.
Steven Bryant, computer scientist, theoretical physics theorist and author of Disruptive:Rewriting the Rules of Physics, wrote this in a review of Notfinity Process: “On the forefront of the next scientific revolution, George is amongst the first to embrace theories like Modern Mechanics, which outperforms Einstein’s theory of relativity. George moves beyond the question of whether Einstein is right and instead begins answering: Where do we go from here? He challenges the scientific worldview by introducing his own ideas while synthesizing thought, theories and ideas of 21st century physics.”
George Coyne grew up in the Metro Toronto area. His interest in science began at 4 or 5 years of age 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 the concept of “time” and began questioning conventional assumptions about it. By age 15 he no longer accepted that time was a flowing thing. By age 20, he was sure that accepted definitions for time were invalid. 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. Just prior to his 20th birthday he moved to Vancouver B.C on his own.
At age 21 he began work in youth counselling, with very troubled clients. His first client was a 16 year-old boy, addicted to heroin and diagnosed as psychotic, who often stole purses for drug money. While walking in a park with Coyne, the boy threatened him with a knife and demanded his wallet.To create as much fear as possible, he pointed out the he was "crazy" so Coyne better cooperate. Coyne remained completely calm and told the boy that the staff in the receiving and diagnostic home he was residing in were much more mentally disturbed than he was. This seemed to be very true to the boy. He must have appreciated the fact that an adult had made a connection to his reality, and he put away the knife and was friendly toward Coyne from that moment on. In later years Coyne continued to develop this approach in which one is viewed as an ally by others as a form of nonviolent self-defense. Coyne also sees violent behaviour as containing an urgent message. When the message can be received, accepted and understood before the violent behaviour occurs, it removes the need for the violence. He used this understanding at age 25 to save his life when a group of men began to hit him and threatened to kill him.
In his early 20s, Coyne began studying quantum mechanics and relativity physics. Many of the quantum mechanics books were about the Copenhagen interpretation, which appeared absurd. One of the biggest disagreements with this view concerned the concept that the universe cannot exist unless an observation occurs, or one makes a measurement.
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 with Bohm's contention that one could alternate between holding deterministic and indeterministic worldviews depending on the situation.
On August 1, 2014, Coyne started corresponding with Bohm's friend and associate, the late quantum physicist F. David Peat, the director of The Pari Center for New Learning. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pari_Center_for_New_Learning Coyne treasured his friendship with Peat, who encouraged him to expand on his blog on consciousness, which Peat read at http://thescientificworldview.blogspot.com]. Coyne began writing guest blogs for The Scientific Worldview web site in August 2015, including one co-written with Glenn Borchardt PhD. Coyne also contributes comments about blogs on that website. Coyne shares Borchardt’s world view, and considers him to be one of his closest friends.
Coyne initiated email exchanges with theoretical physicist Dr. Basil Hiley, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil_Hiley, who co-wrote “The Undivided Universe” with David Bohm and won The Majorana Prize for Best person in physics in 2012. Coyne is grateful for Hiley taking the time to clarify one of his concepts, which appears verbatim with permission in Notfinity Process. Although Coyne was pleased to speak with Dr Hiley, and appreciated hearing his paper at the Emergent Quantum Mechanics David Bohm Centennial Symposium in London, England on October 27,2017, he did not get an opportunity to discuss physics with him over the three day symposium in a setting with over 100 of some of the world's leading Bohmian quantum physicists.
On July 22, 2017 Coyne presented a consciousness paper to scientists for the John Chappell Natural Philosophy Society international conference at the University of British Columbia. As a result of the high quality of the paper, with its unique explanation of consciousness, great interest from the physicists, computer scientists and other scientists in attendance, and from the general public who viewed it an astounding 2700 times on facebook within two months, Coyne was invited to the Board 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.
Coyne contends that there are huge invalidating issues with Einstein’s relativity, the standard interpretation of quantum mechanics and the Big Bang theory. Additionally he questions the idea of the psychological self as an entity. He proposes that it is merely a program in the brain. In Coyne’s view when a theory relies on invalid abstractions, he is willing to challenge its proponents regardless of how esteemed and powerful they may appear. If a theory has contradictions, then it cannot be valid. Coyne refuses to become emotionally invested in any theory, including his own. For him the search for truth is all that matters.
Although he has many disagreements with the prevalent interpretations of quantum mechanics, Coyne was pleased to accept an invitation from philosopher of mind Paavo Pylkkänen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paavo_Pylkk%C3%A4nen, 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 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Penrose. Basil Hiley, Max Tegmark https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Tegmark, Paavo Pylkkänen, and mathematical physicist Maurice A.de Gosson,. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_A._de_Gosson, one of Coyne's facebook friends, who after reading Notfinity Process told the author that it's a great book. Coyne had an opportunity to confer with these researchers and many of the other speakers, participants and attendees.
Notfinity Process: Microcosms-in-Motion, which critiques the Big Bang Theory, quantum mechanics and relativity theory was published on September 21st, 2017. In the category of new physics systems titles, his book was number one in the United States and Canada from the day it was published on September 21st, and fluctuated in and out of the number one spot for its category for the first two weeks. Over the next four weeks it remained in the top five spots.
On September 22, 2017 Coyne had a lively and fascinating interview about his book on the youtube channel of Florida scientist David de Hilster. In November 2017 Coyne cancelled his agreement with the publisher. The second edition of Notfinity Process will be published by The John Chappell Natural Philosophy Society in April 2019.
In march 2019 Coyne became an editor and writer for Science Woke, an online science magazine. https://sciencewoke.org/ His first article titled Big Problem with the Big Bang Theory Theory will be appearing in Science Woke when the website goes online on May 1, 2019.
Coyne has been asked to design and teach an undergraduate course—where students will learn about the the latest research on mind and consciousness—at the soon to be opened Chappell University, which will be offering online courses for credit. Coyne has not yet committed himself to teaching this.
Coyne resides in North Delta, a suburb of Vancouver, B.C. In his leisure time he enjoys reading and writing on theoretical physics, and discussing his physics, cosmology and consciousness theories with others. He enjoys regular dialogues on an aether model of gravity, quantum mechanics and entanglement during walks with his close friend, Duncan W Shaw, whose intriguing papers on these and other topics appear in the peer reviewed journal "Physics Essays."
Coyne is a proponent of a whole foods organic vegan diet and is known to encourage others to avoid junk food and to participate in exercises that they enjoy.