I liked your comment on the whole, but I think you speak too much in absolutes.
I like to think that consciousness allows us to contruct things mentally and perceive them, build things up to higher complexity and order.The utility of consciousness is that it helps us to use exergy to create low entropy configurations of matter, ultimately reducing exergy as fast as possible. That's it.
I agree that our minds do have a meta-perspective of sorts, goes beyond the constraints of physics, and has an inner essence separate from the external matrix. They may still act on each other however.Stuff just is. Consciousness is deeply rooted in meta, and meta is a natural property of fractals, and everything is fractal.
True, we can only see what our biology has programmed us for, but we don't know how far the metaphysical powers of the mind can go.When you catch yourself thinking about reality in terms of object metaphors STOP. Banish those thoughts from your mind. It is not turtles all the way down, except that your mind is based on objects all the way down. But that does not reflect reality complete, it only reflects the level of analysis of reality that we evolved in.