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.
I'm in favor of 'doing something,' as long as it doesn't negatively effect me.
Burning coal is "doing something" and it is negatively impacting everyone..
Europa has all these conditions and like Earth it's ocean is also oxygenated at the top. Oxygen is vital for multicellular life on Earth, collagen (the stuff that holds individual cells together as multicellular critters) cannot form in an oxygen poor environment. Oxygen in Europa's ocean is replenished differently than it is on Earth. On Europa's surface strong radiation from Jupiter knocks the H2 off the ice and out into space, the free oxygen is returned to the ocean via plate tectonics. Personally I would think it very odd if we didn't find single celled life in Europa's ocean, at the very least it would force Science to radically rethink the conditions that lead to abiogenesis on Earth. What I'm interested to find out is whether life on Europa uses the same self-replicating molecules used by life on Earth, but I doubt I will be around to hear the answer..