You state what “we” know about consciousness… and if we agree upon the definition then we go to what we believe we will discover next.
When I read the statement for the first time, however, what I felt was hope. I think it was the “promising” part that I was in agreement. That is until your questioning forced me to “break it down”.
By the way, simplicity seems to be the initial intent of learning how to learn. We’ve resorted to memorizing large chunks of data with no explanation of how it came to be instead of synthesizing knowledge.