No individual neuron understands Chinese
It is irrelevant that no one in Searle's Chinese Gym understands Chinese. No neuron in an English speaker's brain understands English, even though the brain as a whole does.
Paul and Patricia Churchland, 1990.

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No individual neuron understands Chinese
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