I agree with you, JL. My focus on the "matter preceding consciousness" is because it's how people tend to think. Contrary to the impression some have gotten, I am not out to discredit any theories. I am just making a simple observation.
The belief that the "dead" physical universe preceeded life, which preceeded consciousness was around long before science ever saw the light of day.
In the bible it's called god made sky, then earth, then animals, then man...
In big bang theory and evolution theory this belief was just carried on, because there is nothing in the theories that speaks to consciousness.
So big bang made primitive universe, made stars and planets, made conditions for life, life happened, then consciousness happened. Two great mysteries present themselves. How precicely did life happen, and how did consciousness manifest from an unconscious world?
But as I said, I do not claim that these mysteries discredit the big bang theory or evolution theory. I claim they discredit our "objectivity", and for some reason, the most feverent adherents to science seem to be unable to either see or admit this point.