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What are “Concepts” according to Hilary Putnam?

I am reading Putnam's "Brains in a Vat" (1981) and I seem to be having a hard time getting through his terminologies. Is he saying that possessing a concept is not the same as possessing an image? ...
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Is this a good argument against Simulation and Brain in a Vat hypotheses?

I was wondering about these skeptical hypotheses regarding the reality we experience. More specifically I wanted to address the Simulation and Brain in a Vat arguments because to me they seem kind of ...
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Are the amount of thoughts that a brain could potentially produce finite?

Using the fact that the brain is basically a finite entity(finite neurons, synapses, neurotransmitters, etc). If we have a brain that: Doesn't run out of energy Never dies The brain uses a finite ...
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When does a brain transplant make something human?

When does a brain transplant make something human? Is a human brain in a vat human? What about a human brain in a sheep? Or a sheep brain in a human? I assume that we couldnt transplant a human ...
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Isn't a brain not just another vat?

The brain in the vat scenario seems unfinished to me: Let say we come to the conclusion that we are, or bettter I am a brain in a vat and all you are simulated by an external evil(?) demon. Ok, this ...
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Was the Brain-in-a-Vat thought experiment explored philosophically before Putnam?

On SciFi.SE there's a question about the origins of "captive brains" in literature. Upon seeing the question I presumed it originated as a philosophical thought experiment (and then made it's way to ...