Thanks for the reply. It sounds like maybe my mistake was assuming that unsimulated brain data was functionally and morally equivalent to an unconscious brain. From what you are saying it sounds like the data would need to be simulated even to generate unconsciousness.
Yes, to get a state equivalent to sleeping, you are still simulating the neurons. You can get mind states that are ambiguous mixes of awake and asleep.
You can get mind states that are ambiguous mixes of awake and asleep.
I am having trouble parsing this statement. Does it mean that when simulating a mind you could also simulate ambiguous awake/asleep in addition to simulating sleep and wakefulness? Or does it mean that a stored, unsimulated mind is ambiguously neither awake or asleep?
There are states that existing humans sometimes experience, like sleepwalking, microsleeps ect that are ambiguous.
Whether or not a digital mind is being simulated is a much crisper definition.