LinksDavid Chalmers' web site. His books are highly recommended as a good introduction to the current debates in the philosophy of mind, and he is a tireless poster child/catalyst/organizer for this fledgling field of inquiry. But even if he had done none of that, his web site alone justifies the food and oxygen he consumes on this planet. Your one-stop shopping for consciousness on the web. In addition to an exhaustive bibliography of dead tree type books, he has a zillion and one links to papers by other people about consciousness and related topics. Start here and you will never run out of fascinating things to read. He has also started an experimental forum for philosophers of all kinds called philpapers.
Gregg Rosenberg's site. Rosenberg was a philosophy grad student at the University of Indiana (where, as it turns out, he overlapped with Chalmers), then a post-doc at the University of Georgia. His thesis is, in my opinion, a Truly Important Book. His book is on the shelves now, and the link takes you to an out-of-date version of it. I recommend buying the dead tree version.
Rosenberg spends the first part of his book arguing against the various flavors of reductive materialism and functionalism, and for some form of panpsychism (or as he prefers, pan-proto-experientialism). He goes on to make some claims about the kinds of properties we would expect of proto-consciousness at the lowest levels. He points out that panpsychism commonly has a distinctly ad hoc air about it, in that we have a high level phenomenon, consciousness, and we explain it by jamming in a new cog in the machine at the lowest possible levels of physics. He counters this by claiming that there are independent reasons for positing a new layer underneath physics, and we can make certain claims about what this layer would have to be like completely without reference to the question of consciousness (or proto-consciousness), and in the end the properties we demand of it match up nicely with the properties we require of proto-consciousness.
His layer underneath physics is causation. David Hume is the West's great philosopher of causation, and Rosenberg argues that Humean causation can not be the whole story, and that we should think about causation a bit more. "Causation is a funny thing. We do not understand it." Rosenberg says that time and space are higher-level concepts than causation, and are derived from it. He quotes Brian Cantwell-Smith: "Distance is what there is no action at." And Rosenberg himself: "There is a causality condition on locality, not a locality condition on causality." He goes on to argue about the causal mesh, and the sorts of laws of physics which could be built out of different configurations of effective and receptive properties of objects, and what constitutes an object in the first place. Then he ties it all back to consciousness at the end.
If Rosenberg is right, he should get a Nobel prize. If he is wrong, his is still an Important Book, because it actually pounds a stake in the ground and lays out a theory, or at least a template of a future theory. No one else does this. Even in this fringey branch of philosophy, people are much too conservative, and Rosenberg has boldly gone where no one has gone before. But he has done so rigorously, level headedly, admitting where he is being speculative, but arguing why the circumstantial evidence supports his speculations.
Psyche is an on-line journal devoted to the investigation of consciousness, comparable to the Journal of Consciousness Studies.
The Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness: the name pretty much sums it up. They are the people who put out Psyche, and they sponsor a bunch of conferences as well.