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 philosopher, science writer, educator 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 credible 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. He is also Director of the Vancouver office of the Progressive Science Institute. 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 understanding the universe beyond his own immediate environment began at about age five. Since his youth he has been exploring the ways that we connect to our environment, which led to his studies in philosophy, cosmology and theoretical physics.
His interest in science began at about 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. Five years later 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 incentive to use 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.
Involvement in Science
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.
Later in August 2014 Coyne initiated a series of 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. AIn February, 2016 Coyne accepted an offer to head the Vancouver office of The Progressive Science Institute. http://www.scientificphilosophy.org/
On July 22, 2017 Coyne presented a paper titled Brain, Mind, Self and Consciousness to scientists at the John Chappell Natural Philosophy Society international conference at the University of British Columbia. This paper's explanation of consciousness had great interest from the physicists, computer scientists and other scientists in attendance. As of March 2021, it has over 3,000 views on a Facebook page where most research paper presenters usually have fewer than 50 views. Soon after the convention, Coyne was invited to join 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 contends that there are problems 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 not a presenter, Coyne was an invited participant to the Emergent Quantum Mechanics David Bohm Centennial Symposium from October 26th to 28th, 2017 in London England. Presenters included many of the world’s 37 leading physicists and philosophers, including the winner of half the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics, 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. Coyne had an opportunity to confer with these researchers and many of the other speakers, participants and attendees.
Main Published Work
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 releases of 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 month. On September 22, 2017 Coyne had a lively and fascinating interview about Notfinity Process with Florida computer scientist David de Hilster. In November 2017 Coyne cancelled his agreement with the publisher, so this book is no longer available.
The 2nd edition of Notfinity Process: Matter-In-Motion was published as a paperback by John Chappell Natural Philosophy Society on June 15, 2021. There will never be an e book version because it does not fit into that format.
In March 2019 Coyne became an editor and writer for Science Woke, an online science magazine at https://www.sciencewoke.org. His first article for the magazine is titled Big Problem with the Big Bang Theory. It was published on May 1, 2019 in the premier issue.
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.
1991 Counsellor Training Institute, Vancouver, B.C. Completed Professional Counselling qualifying exam.
1992 University of Waterloo: Social Development Studies.
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, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duncan_Shaw 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, and an organic vegan diet.
2021Notfinity Process: Matter-in-Motion (2nd edition)
May 2019 Big Problem with the Big Bang Theory at www.sciencewoke.org https://sciencewoke.org/big-problems-with-the-big-bang/
July 2017 Brain, Mind Self and Consciousness https://www.facebook.com/chappellnaturalphilosophy/videos/1924915001087542
Sept 2017 George Coyne interviewed by David de Hilster on Notfinity Process https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-symantec-ext_onb&hsimp=yhs-ext_onb&hspart=symantec&p=youtube+george+coyne+and+david+de+hilster#id=1&vid=b7563ed191ce8cf055bb91483904dda8&action=click
Sept 26, 2020. George Coyne on Consciousness interview by David de Hilster. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVCFi5HCVds&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=JohnChappell
July 10, 2021. George Coyne on Big Problems with the Big Bang Theory. Interview by David de Hilster on Big Bang chapter from Notfinity Process: Natter-In-Motion(2021).