Yeah, but a few thousand years ago we didn’t have much of an idea of heat either. Ancient philosophers “proved” that heat was an illusion by pointing out you could move you hand from cold water to room temperature water and it would feel warm. Later on we refined that idea. Still, those people meant basically the same thing by “hot” as I do. I just grasp the concept better because I have scientific inheritance.
I guess for me there’s the word question and then there’s the question of what just is. If there is something (I just assume there is) and that something included consciousness (this seems likely) then consciousness is made of something or has some fundamental form. Maybe it’s more like heat, which is the panpsychism perspective, I guess. But maybe it’s more like a car. We don’t say iron ore has any car or carness in it, even though we might use the iron in there to make steel to make a car part out of. A thing only becomes a car when it it is sufficiently complete.
With the competing guesses:
- Everything contains a small amount of consciousness which can be aggregated into what we think of as a consciousness (panpsychism); OR
- It’s only “consciousness” if it’s built just so. onsciousness isn’t present the parts.
I can see why (2) seems more likely.