- Religion and Philosophy
Is a conscience proof of a soul?
Answer to a Hubber's Question
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.