One thing that makes humans unique is that we have this ability or trait that we're all apparently born with called a "conscience". The term
conscience is closely related to the concepts of free-will, the self, the mind, or the spirit/soul. An example of this is the term "consciousness",
which we use as a noun for our natural human ability to percieve and project emotion, thought, and action.
The terms conscience and conscious essentially mean the same thing. In fact, conscious is given as a synonym for conscious and vice versa on many
online dictionaries. The definition of conscience according to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary is as follows:
1 a: the sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one's own conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of
obligation to do right or be good b: a faculty, power, or principle enjoining good acts c: the part of the superego in psychoanalysis that transmits
commands and admonitions to the ego
Now the definition from the same dictionary for conscious is as follows:
1: perceiving, apprehending, or noticing with a degree of controlled thought or observation 2 archaic:
sharing another's knowledge or awareness of an inward state or outward fact 3: personally felt 4: capable of or marked by thought,
will, design, or perception
Clearly here we see that these words are indeeds synonyms and interchangable in just about every sentence you could come up with. Heck, most people
can't even get the spelling right on either and end up with a combination of both in 1 bastardized word. So what am I getting on about?
The term "con" has a meaning and definition all of its' own. When used as a prefix, which is how it was used to form the single word
"conscience", it adds meaning to the rest of the word. "Con" when used as a noun has the following definition from the same dictionary:
1 : an argument or evidence in opposition 2 : the negative position or one holding it
When used as an adverb, it gives us this following definition:
: on the negative side : in opposition o much has been written pro and con>
So clearly we see what "con" means, regardless of how it is used the meaning is always very similar. So what I am getting out of the word
"conscience" here is to be against or in opposition to science. Don't go getting ahead of yourself, that doesn't mean in opposition to science as
an opinion, but rather, as the very nature
of the conscience itself. The conscience cannot be adeqeuetly explained purely through science; you
cannot explain the conscience of an individual in the same way as the person's eyesight or hearing. Clearly with a sense, you can pinpoint the
precise part of the brain which the sense interacts with and comes from essentially, how it works, why it works, and also that it can be damaged or
.. that is the sense itself. Think of it as losing your hearing or your eyesight. Now, in the case of the human conscience, it is
different than these because it cannot be damaged or lost in the same manner as a sense, only upon death is the conscience truly lost. One could argue
that Alzheimer's disease may rob a person of their conscience, but I disagree, and this just like anything else regarding the nature of the human
conscience(beyond some very basic things) cannot be sufficiently explained
via science. While obviously, something like your senses can be
explained in minute detail.
So then, it is my opinion that the human conscience which makes us unique as human beings when compared to other mammals on Earth, which to many
people is synonymous to the human spirit/soul and/or having free-will as a human being, has in its' very foundation as an Anglo-Saxon / Latin word
structure the expression that it is above and beyond the explainable sciences. That it is in outright opposition to science in nature because science
cannot explain it sufficiently, according to science it should not exist. I should say instead that there isn't a reason
, theory or
explainable, of why it is there, how it got there, and what exactly it is that is tangible in the physical realm.
Go deep into your own personal conscience and think to yourself, "Why am I the only animal on this planet with such an unexplainable gift? What is
this that contains my thoughts?" at which point you'll realize what I have realized, that it is not simply your skull that contains your thoughts,
your conscience. It is some intangible, non-physical, unexplainable by science, but it is there without a doubt and we all know it 100% to be true.
Truly it is a con to science.
I feel that the human conscience is a proverbial diving board; once you come to the realization that something can indeed exist without a doubt,
provable to you through your very own ability to think and reason, which is intangible to the physical realm(in other words currently beyond the
explainations of science), you begin to see that things can and do exist beyond the scrutiny of science. This opens a massive door to the unknown and
to the taboo; many of the things discussed on this very website. It doesn't mean everything unexplainable is actually 'foreign' and real, but that
it has the real possibility to be so. This can be applied to religious beliefs and the notion of the One God, creator of the universe. It also
means(in my opinion) that a conscience had to exist in some form, some way, to initiate the process of creation.
Your conscience thoughts?