Does talking to "God" involve having an epileptic seizure?"
No, but it does involve pattern recognition behaviour that is suppressed in "normal" people.
Perception is everything. Perhaps if all "normal" people were given a mild acid trip after xmas dinner there would be less fear of the "mentally ill".
Where in Satan's holy name is a self-taught American programmer with no degrees supposed to go?
You would hope a Professor of philosophy could get his head around the difference.
Agree, way too many people who should know better still conflate consciousness with intelligence. An ant's nest exhibits intelligent behaviour but it can't contemplate it's own existence, Watson displays the same kind of "mindless" intelligence and consistently outperforms the best human trivia buffs.