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Is a conscience proof of a soul?

Updated on January 21, 2011

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I think scientists can justify a Darwinian conception and development of man by way of their physical platforms, but they're hard pressed to explain the conscience, or other spiritual aspects, such as love, compassion, hate or envy, to name a few.

I believe there are spiritual forces, and also a god or an "intelligent designer" out there, but I think I have to admit that conscience could be a learned thing, and not something that evolved nor was placed in the makeup of a soul. The reason I say this, is from observing babies. I was witness to a beating of a baby by his older sister. She was 15 months old, and the baby was an infant, recently out of the hospital. The toddler picked up the baby's half-filled bottle, and suddenly swung it at the infant's head. (Being so young, the skull did not break, but caved in like a ping-pong ball. The doctor said there was no serious injury, and that the skull would slowly pop back out -- which it did, and the infant grew with no complications.) The toddler, at the time, did not seem to show the signs of having a conscience.

As some people grow and reach adulthood, they make decisions that ultimately result in great inhumanity to others. Either there was nothing inherent in their genes that exhibited conscience pangs, or they were able to effectively hide it completely. Still, others seem to find a satisfaction in causing pain or death in others.

I'm not taking away the wonder of the attribute called "conscience," at least in the holistic sense. Acquiring a conscience is undoubtedly a by-product of intelligence in connection to a soul of some type, the kind that can feel something not physical. Coming with "conscience" are also other attributes, some of which I mentioned in the opening paragraph of this article. All these, working together, seem to cry "never" in the face of any theory that leaves God or spirituality out of the picture.

Recently, even physical facts are beginning to take the thunder out of Darwinian ideas. I have a hub called "Proof of God's Existence" that talks about the human eye and its wonders. It quotes a doctor who told me, "The more you get into molecular biology, the more you have to admit there is some kind of intelligent design out there." That hub will help explain why science is gradually approaching this conclusion.

The spiritual traits, molecular biology, personality, mankind's ability to plan extended and complicated future events -- all combine to suggest that there was likely not enough time for all this to evolve to such perfection in the history of the universe. This, and my own spiritual experiences convince me that there is a lot more than what we see around us.

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    • pinkhawk profile image

      pinkhawk 

      6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      You really have a good point here...it makes me think even more... interesting! ^_^

    • SamboRambo profile imageAUTHOR

      Samuel E. Richardson 

      6 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

      Thank you,Orma, me too.

      Shahid, that makes sense. Thank you for the comment.

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      ormamoore 

      6 years ago from united kingdom

      What a great hub. I am very interested in all things of a spiritual nature.

    • Shahid Bukhari profile image

      Shahid Bukhari 

      7 years ago from My Awareness in Being.

      The Human Awareness of Being ... Is the Proof of Soul

    • SamboRambo profile imageAUTHOR

      Samuel E. Richardson 

      7 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

      Thank you, all, for your comments. Cagsil, isn't the purpose of life and its meaning something that follows consciousness? I don't think that consciousness equals meaning; I believe meaning and purpose are understood through experience. Consciousness abounds in all at birth, but no baby will understand why he/she is here until later in life. When such happens, this understanding varies, based on a person's experience.

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      Cagsil 

      7 years ago from USA or America

      Consciousness is your awareness of life, it's purpose, it's meaning and helps you to understand. Your conscience grants you to choose between what is right and what is wrong.

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      Druid Dude 

      7 years ago

      The consciousness is proof of the image, it is the Spirit of God that lives inside of you. The conscience, on the other hand, are the two angels, one on each shoulder. They argue constantly inside your head, or one has been given more control (by you), or in worst case scenarios like sociopathy, or psychopathy, you have allowed the dark side to consume whatever good is was in there. Good hub, though. Cagisil could have been more specific in his criticism. I voted it up, nonetheless.

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      SirDent 

      7 years ago

      "Acquiring a conscience is undoubtedly a by-product of intelligence in connection to a soul of some type, the kind that can feel something not physical."

      I love this line.

      There is something instilled in man that kicks in whenever an idea or plan is formed that lets us know that what we are thinking of doing is wrong. It is not a physical attribute and it is more than a mental attribute.

      Those who seemingly have no conscience, have had them burnt out. Nothing bothers them anymore and everything seems to be right to do.

      I do believe behaviors are learned, only those who have good teachers will learn good behavior and then their conscience can work as intended.

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      Aleister888 

      7 years ago

      Very interesting philosophical insights, keep up the good writing, i look forward to seeing you expand on these thoughts ^_^

    • SamboRambo profile imageAUTHOR

      Samuel E. Richardson 

      7 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

      Thank you, Cagsil. Did I confuse the two? If so, please tell me where.

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      Cagsil 

      7 years ago from USA or America

      There happens to be a difference between a conscience and consciousness. Please learn the difference. :/

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