is or are?

The following is from https://books.google.co.kr/boo...minds%22&f=false

 The choices we make typically reflect our desires: we choose what, all things considered, we want. According to the conventional view, the process by which we make choices is rational. We consider the pros and cons of aparticular choice or maybe even do a more formal cost-benefit analysis. After weighing our options, we choose. For the most part, it is a process carried out in our conscious mind. A growing body of evidence suggests, however, that many of our choices are not made in this fashion. We do not make them, if by “we” is meant our conscious minds. To the contrary, the choices are made unconsciously, and it is only after they have been made “for us” that we are informed of them, at which point we put our stamp of approval on them.

 

My question is:

Is the passage in bold right? I think it should be if by "we" are meant our conscious minds

Because when you paraphrase it into a declarative, it should be Our conscious minds are meant by "we", not Our consious minds is meant by "we".

Please tell me if there's any semantic reason to use "is" instead of "are".

Thank you!

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