‘The nature of consciousness is a conceptual problem’ – mainstream academic philosopher.
This seems mostly positioning to me: it characterizes philosophy as more fundamental than science and thereby sets the limits of science.
But, what is actually known about the target phenomena of consciousness (e.g., pain)?
Academics sometimes lament that the number of scholars working in their chosen field is less than the population density per square kilometer of Antarctica. They may have forgotten that to be considered interesting by the half-dozen other researchers in the field is already achievement enough.