But maybe a distinction between products of consciousness and consciousness itself is in order. The consciousness gives rise to the product and handles it, but the consciousness itself is some other ongoing system that includes conscious and unconscious processes for that handling.
The whole system operates according to a fixed order, dominant > auxiliary > tertiary > inferior, but which product assumes priority at any given time is, I dunno, the joy of being a dynamic system operating under more than one perspective and more than one imperative and certainly under changing conditions. Or something.
I dunno. I'm taking it for granted that functions can't exist in isolation, but can be more or less influential in determining the nature of conscious (and unconscious) product.
However, it seems like the whole distinction between product and process, or the job of trying to describe that distinction, gets fubared by, I guess, some kind of uncertainty principle--once some product of consciousness is conscious it becomes something other than what it was when it was forming out of unconsciousness.
Consciousness supervenes on the mechanism? (Suggesting no function is ever "in control" of consciousness.... :horor
I dunno. I'm just riffing.