I'm glad there is finally a philosophy board. I will be here to talk about the nature of consciousness with you other smartfags soon.
/lit/ has actually been more philosophy than literature for the few years I've been there. I'm not too happy that the long-awaited history board has to also include philosophy threads when /lit/ had been doing that just fine.
The Nature of Consciousness -- Philosophical Debates ed. Block, Flanagan & Guzeldore (MIT 1998)
Philosophy of Mind -- Classical and Contemporary Readings ed. Chalmers (OUP, 2002). One third of the book is specifically on consciousness.
The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness ed. Velmans and Schneider (Blackwell, 2007)
Mind and Cognition ed. Lycan and Prinz (Blackwell, 3rd ed, 2008)
Explaining Consciousness--The Hard Problem ed. Schear (MIT 1997) (a set of early essays responding to David Chalmers, including his own paper and a final reply)
Lit philosophy was shit because many lit fags are science retards.
However, /sci/ fags are also often philosophy retards.
It's good for philosophy to finally have an official place that isn't /lit/.
But you are only concerned about that because of your genes and past experiences.
I mean why even bother learning about philosophy or pondering questions when the answer is always "because of your genes and past experiences"? Anything that will be will be, and all your thoughts and actions are not your own. They are only reactions to your past and envrionment.
>I mean why even bother learning about philosophy or pondering questions
Because it's interesting and the knowledge serves as context for several other disciplines such as history, politics and math.
>the answer is always "because of your genes and past experiences"?
What about this? What's the problem with cause and effect? We can't even know everything so we'll never be able to predict everything for sure.
defining consciousness is often detrimental to itself, kinda like trying to do the work of clock hands. it's possible a second is dissimilar for every individual. I think it is integral to admit to all these so called conscious activity. But I think that will eventually take more time because I fear we operate ourselves forcefully out of a window to explore this at a control level. it is hard to imagine a bulkier world in near tranquility for much longer.