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Bill, I may have a counter-example for you, a class of items that

1. Are intrinsically intentional,
2. Are not conscious.

The class of things I have in mind is possible thoughts. For example, right now I am thinking about thoughts, but if I had bought that cherry pie earlier today, I would probably be thinking about the cherry pie. My thought of the cherry pie is possible but not actual, so it is not conscious, but it is about the cherry pie, and therefore intrinsically intentional.

Also, if there were no actual objects in the universe there would still be possible minds with possible thoughts--intentional objects that exist in a universe without minds.

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