#1
My philosophy homework is to ask people about their thoughts on conscience, so I thought I'd come to UG to get some highly intellectual answers. So, can you answer me some quick questions?

You only need to write short answers, unless you want to write more.

1. What do you think conscience is?

2. What are the problems of using it as a guide?

3. Do you actually follow your conscience?

4. Are you religious/agnostic/atheistic/apathetic?

Thanks
#2
1. What do you think conscience is? an instinct

2. What are the problems of using it as a guide? its too emotional

3. Do you actually follow your conscience? most of the time

4. Are you religious/agnostic/atheistic/apathetic? agnostic
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#3
1. What do you think conscience is?
Dunno. I guess it's just a part of your mind.

2. What are the problems of using it as a guide?
Well if people don't have a very good conscience then they laugh at disabled people n stuff.

3. Do you actually follow your conscience?
Well... yeah, doesn't everyone?

4. Are you religious/agnostic/atheistic/apathetic?
Agnostic.
#4
Thanks Where do you think the instinct comes from though? Birth, or social conditioning or something else?
#5
1. I think conscience is the inherent feature in every human being that guides us through life to choose the right thing over the wrong, or to choose the good over the bad. I think it's basically a moral guard, which when crossed, brings up feelings of guilt and such.

2. I think the problems of using it as a guide are: prejudice toward ideas outside what the conscience perceives to be good/right, difficulty in choosing from multiple options, when some are good and some are bad, and a premeditated sense of what to follow, rather than what might be logical in a given situation.

3. F*ck yes I do.

4. I'm a student of mythology. I believe in everything and nothing at the same time. I come from a fairly religious family, and I believe in carrying out tradition, but that doesn't mean I'll favor my religion or culture over yours.
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#6

1. What do you think conscience is?


The sense of right and wrong ingrained to you as a child through parents and social interaction, and including the selfish acts people do in order to keep a good perception of themselves to others.

2. What are the problems of using it as a guide?

There aren't really many... People all have their own ideas about it I suppose, to some people murder doesn't bother them and so on.

3. Do you actually follow your conscience?

Meh... Most of the time. I don't like, mug people or swear in front of children. But i'm quite selfish so if it benefits me I won't follow it.

4. Are you religious/agnostic/atheistic/apathetic?


Nope.
#7
1. A moral guide built into all of us, made by God, to distinguish between bad and good.

2. It has perverted, changing our perception of morality, largely due to our separation from God. This means that different poeple have different standards creating the appearance of subjective morality. Basically, as flawed people our descisions are largely flawed because our conscience is flawed.

3. Yes. It is only natural to follow your conscience. We do however hold that in tangent with our own enjoyment, satisfaction, comfort, etc. For example, if someone told you that not speaking for a year would save 100 lives, our conscience may say "do it" - these are people's lives. But the chances are we won't, or we'll try and fail. I believe God wants to change our consciences, to iron out the flaws so we can see things His way. The only solid base for morality is His word, which is flawless. But our consciences affect our reactions to everyday situations.

4. Christian.
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#8
1. What do you think conscience is?
Instincts from your upbringing and general human nature that tell you what you should and shouldn't do.

2. What are the problems of using it as a guide?
It's very subjective.

3. Do you actually follow your conscience?
Not really. I don't like the feeling of knowing I feel a certain way because that's the way I'm supposed to feel or think. I tend to examine situations in my own time and decide on my own moral compass if it's something I want to do.

4. Are you religious/agnostic/atheistic/apathetic?
I prefer the term 'lacking a religion' rather than agnostic. I don't personally believe in anything, but I'm open to the concept.
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#9
1. What do you think conscience is? Something learned through socialisation?

2. What are the problems of using it as a guide? Can get yourself into trouble trying to help someone else when it would have been in your own best interests to turn a blind eye.

3. Do you actually follow your conscience? Yeah, totally.

4. Are you religious/agnostic/atheistic/apathetic? Is agnostic where you don't believe but you're open-minded? 'Cause I'm that.
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#10
1. What do you think conscience is?

An 'inner voice' which guides you in a decision making according to your morals, beliefs and standards. It decides the character of our actions, prohibiting what is wrong and encouraging what is right. Of course what is right and what is wrong is subjective, as discussed below. It is a self-judgement. Some people believe the conscience to be the voice of God.

2. What are the problems of using it as a guide?

It is entirely subjective. Your belief system and morals are established through your upbringing, and since no two upbringings are exactly the same, no two consciences are the same. Religious differences also account for differing beliefs. E.g. in Mainstream Christianity, poligamy is a sin, but Islamic law states that poligamy is acceptable. Christianity would say that the process is morally bankrupt, as you are breaking a commitment with your wife and god in commiting adultery, whereas an islamic scholar would argue that poligamy stops adultery, etc etc.

3. Do you actually follow your conscience?

It's difficult sometimes. I follow my own conscience but in certain situations, e.g. in a group, there is a group conscience that may be totally different to your own. An example would be football riots. Individually, most of the people in riots would not throw a brick at a police officer, but in a crowd, it seems more accepted.

4. Christian.
#12
1. What do you think conscience is?

I think conscience is a result of social conditioning, that help dictates your moral standing in life. I believe it occurs as a result of your interactions with others.

For example, the terrorists in the world commit some horrendous atrocities, that would haunt other peoples conscience. However, due to their social environment (amongst extremeists, hate preachers etc), it doesn't appear to matter to them. Hence social conditioning

2. What are the problems of using it as a guide?

Due to the fact that it is shaped by your surroundings, if you immerse yourself in warped surroundings, your conscience will end up warped as well. Also, it's an emotional response, not a logical one. Therefore using your conscience as a guide in a situation which may require a more logical approach is not necessarily the ideal choice of response.

3. Do you actually follow your conscience?

The majority of the time yes.

4. Are you religious/agnostic/atheistic/apathetic?

Agnostic
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#13
1. I think conscience is your moral character, or your sense of morality, however you want to put it, which is inlaid in your mind/psyche with your upbringing, lifestyle and influences etc. Different upbringings, lifestyle, influences, etc thus different moral standings.

2. The main problems of your concscience as a guide are dependent on what shaped your conscience in the first place, and whether or not these were positive influences or not.

3. Yes, I try to do what's right in life. Haven't always done so but I feel a lot better now I'm trying to re-align my Karma. I tend to rely on my own moral compass than succumbing to the group conscience.

4. Agnostic (don't see why a greater power would have prophets)

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Thanks Where do you think the instinct comes from though? Birth, or social conditioning or something else?



I think it's a mixture of social conditioning, your own personal bias and preference and a sense of right and wrong which I believe comes from God.
#15
1. What do you think conscience is?

Your thoughts of a situation(s)

2. What are the problems of using it as a guide?

You thoughts may be wrong but you will ultimately use it any how.

3. Do you actually follow your conscience?

Everyone does.

4. Are you religious/agnostic/atheistic/apathetic?

More so Agnostic although some what a bit Atheist. Summing one's believes in a single word is rather difficult.
#16
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1. What do you think conscience is?
Ideas that we have learned of right and wrong. Essentially, it is not something we are born with.
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2. What are the problems of using it as a guide?
It depends. It can harm others depending on the guide, but there is no one specific guide.
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3. Do you actually follow your conscience?
If I didn't I would most likely be in jail.
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4. Are you religious/agnostic/atheistic/apathetic?
I am Christian.
#18
1. What do you think conscience is?

A useless bunch of morals that get in the way of actual thought.

2. What are the problems of using it as a guide?

Too emotional, leads people not to think about decisions they make.

3. Do you actually follow your conscience?

I don't really have one...

4. Are you religious/agnostic/atheistic/apathetic?

Atheist
#19
Conscience is for the weak

lol jk

What do you think conscience is?

It's our mind's definition of right and wrong, and it comes into play when we are planning to do something we consider to be immoral.

What are the problems of using it as a guide?

The conscience is almost always emotion based, it contains little logic, and in some situations it is vital that judgment is not clouded by the emotion of your conscience

Do you actually follow your conscience?

I think I tend to follow logic, i'm not a very emotional person

Are you religious/agnostic/atheistic/apathetic?

Religious
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#20
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1. What do you think conscience is?

A useless bunch of morals that get in the way of actual thought.

2. What are the problems of using it as a guide?

Too emotional, leads people not to think about decisions they make.

3. Do you actually follow your conscience?

I don't really have one...

4. Are you religious/agnostic/atheistic/apathetic?

Atheist



Useless? So there is no need for morals or right and wrong?

Wouldn't that make the world a lovely place. Can you imagine all the murder, rape, theft etc. that would happen because people didn't feel guilty because of it. No one would bother to stop it because they have no care about letting it happen...
#21
1. What do you think conscience is? A set of morals

2. What are the problems of using it as a guide? If you are brought up around people with bad morals, then you will have bad morals and you will make bad decisions

3. Do you actually follow your conscience? Yes

4. Are you religious/agnostic/atheistic/apathetic? Atheist
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#22
1. What do you think conscience is?

I believe that the conscience is the metaphysical manifestation of the Will. Since the Will, essentially the, "free" Will is controlled directly by us, or so it would seem, we act upon our conscience via the exercise of our "free" Will, our actions usually correlating with what the conscience deems as, "right" as opposed to "wrong."

2. What are the problems of using it as a guide?

As Schopenhauer (I believe) said, the Will, and in my belief the Will is the physical manifestation of the conscience, does not truly discern good and evil for us, but is basically just a belief that we bear on our shoulders, in which can be corrupted by "evil" thoughts and actions, ergo, the Will is corrupt and thus the conscience is corrupt.

3. Do you actually follow your conscience?

Not always, no. I prefer to rely on instinct most of the time, something that usually gets me in loads of trouble.

4. Are you religious/agnostic/atheistic/apathetic?

Agnostic, bordering on Buddhist beliefs and the teachings of the J-man.
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#23
1. What do you think conscience is?
I think your conscience is a part of your mind that tells you when you've done something that you don't agree with. Like for me, my conscience always tells me not to play mean tricks on people when I know they'll be hurt, because I don't believe in doing that.

2. What are the problems of using it as a guide?
Your conscience is a good guide most of the time, but sometimes your emotions can get in the way of doing what's actually right.

3. Do you actually follow your conscience?
Yes, I do. All the time.

4. Are you religious/agnostic/atheistic/apathetic?
I basically believe that I don't need some thing that I've never met telling me how to live my life through the words of some humans who were just trying to further their quest for power. So, no, I don't believe in any recognized religion's deity, but I do agree with a few of their beliefs, like the one that says not to kill people.
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#24
1. What do you think conscience is?

(Morals + Empathy)/(Culture + Eduction) = Intuitive view of right and wrong.

2. What are the problems of using it as a guide?

People don't agree on what conscience is in the first place, meaning that everyone will be following a different guide if they even agree it's a guide in the first place. Even those who do agree that it is a result of X Y and Z may not share the same X Y and Z, see answer to question one.

3. Do you actually follow your conscience?

Generally I don't need to as I have time to think through any major decisions and it is really only relevant to spur of the moment decisions. When it comes to spur of the moment yes as it's more of an ingrained (although not inherited) instinct.

4. Are you religious/agnostic/atheistic/apathetic?

Atheist.