Ontology of consciousness
Ontology is the philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, or reality, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations. Traditionally listed as a part of the major branch of philosophy known as metaphysics, ontology deals with questions concerning what entities exist or can be said to exist, and how such entities can be grouped, related within a hierarchy, and subdivided according to similarities and differences. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontology
Consciousness and ixperiencitness can be scientifically studied separately from the way it is produced. Thus we can have knowledge about consciousness and ixperiencitness separate from the matter and energy that produces it. Consciousness has existence but awaretheory does not predict its existence as a dualistic substance like a soul. It is more like a property of matter that matter can have or not depending on the internal and external functioning of matter and energy.
Aristotle suggested that there is matter and form which means that matter can have different forms. This, in a way, is what awaretheory calls the structure of the body and brain at any instance in time. But matter and form alone do not produce consciousness and ixperiencitness. There has to be the right kinds of change in the matter to produce consciousness and ixperiencitness or what awaretheory calls the functioning of matter. This would be continuous differing and cyclic structure changes in the body. Aristotle would be totally unaware of the complexity of the body's functioning. Because most of it is so small in size that it can not be seen by the unaided eye. The changes of the body that would be seen are muscle driven such as breathing and heart beat, which are cyclic, and the general differing movements of the body.