[...] and able to reflection of future actions.
Disagree. I believe consciousness merely allows us to experience morality. The mechanism responsible for our future actions must happen at the unconscious level.
But don’t you see that this experience by being exactly this experience plays a causal role?
Take this example: say I have 2 completely different computers, e.g a PC and an IBM mainframe. Both have different programs running. I feed them with mathematical theorems and after a while just one character is show on the screen: a 0 or a 1. ‘0’ means true, ‘1’ means false, i.e. there is only one bit needed. Dependent on its truth or falsity, the person giving the theorems to the computer gets a cookie or not. Now how can we understand why he gets a cookie or not? The programs and the computers are completely different, so on a physical level nothing similarly happens. Still, both computers react with exactly the same 0 or 1. We well never be able to explain the ‘behaviour’ of the computers, save one: the idea of mathematical truth. Mathematical truth plays a causal role.
Now with morality it is similar, but not exactly the same. We can only understand morality, when it plays a causal role. The difference is that morality is not ‘truth capable’ in the same exact way as mathematical truth. It is very much related to the hardware (our bodies, its capability to suffer and to enjoy) and the software (culture and upbringing). But still hardware and software are not completely different. This is the basis that on one side the ‘computers’ can agree, on the other side, because their differences will continue, they will never get to a definitive agreement. Morality exists, because it plays a causal role. But it is not absolute, because the computers will never come to a final agreement (chances are even worse when there are 7 billion of them). But both computers are physical entities, the currents in it can be explained physically, but this explanation does not explain the morality, and surely does not explain it away.
Another way of seeing it is this: a (future) neurologist finds out exactly what happens in our brain when we are thinking about moral questions. How could he recognise this, when he did not have an idea from the beginning what morality is? And as next question he thinks about the possibilities this knowledge would give him. What m-ought he to with it? And so he realises that with his knowledge he did not get rid of morality only one tiny bit…