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Mammals

1

A New Group

1. It doesn’t take long for birds to prove unusable. They have become a wonderfully successful and advanced group, with a wide variety of species, but they do not have sufficient potential; so the UCC’s attention has moved on.

2. There is a new and exciting group emerging, and everything about it seems ideal. The creatures started out quite small, a little too small really, but it soon became clear they had the potential to be larger.

3. Size is paramount when it comes to idealism. Small creatures have certain advantages, as do large ones. Small creatures can hide from danger, large ones don’t really need to. Small ones are nimble and agile, large ones can barge things out of the way. One is weak but flexible, the other is stiff but strong. 

4. Size may be important, but the reptiles have already proved it isn’t entirely critical. There has been every size of reptile imaginable, yet none of them have produced a brain capable of high intellect.

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Mammals

1. The new group are called mammals, and the UCC is ensuring they prosper in all places.

2. As with reptiles, there is an enormous variety, but even though the format is inherently similar, mammals have fundamental advantages that give them greater potential for advancement. 

3. As with all advanced species, all mammals are complex. They are vertebrates. They have four limbs, a central abdomen, and a head that contains the main sensory organs and the brain; and although sizes vary, the most ideal specimens have a configuration that strikes an optimal balance between strength, energy, durability, and dexterity. 

4. The greatest advantage of mammals however, is their capacity for advanced subjective thought, and that is due to one unique and extremely significant feature: Mammals are warm blooded. They create their own heat, and that allows the body to maintain a consistent temperature, which in turn provides a reliable supply of energy laden blood to the brain. And that is encouraging radically increased cognition.

5. The increased ability is allowing the UCC to stimulate the further development of an entirely new layer of neural cells, overlaying the original reptilian brain with a secondary Limbic section. The improved Limbic section has massive potential; adding the capacity to record experiences, make subjective decisions, and experience more complex emotions; capabilities that guarantee the mammalian species will achieve a greater level of sophistication than any of their predecessors.

6. The UCC has tried to expand the brain before and the limbic brain has been partially successful in a small number of species, but this time the improved blood supply is clearly allowing the process to succeed as the UCC had intended. It is providing a secure foundation on which the evolutionary process can flourish, and that is encouraging the Nature of Phi to adopt, rather than ignore, the new brain developments. 

7. The nervous system is simultaneously upgrading too; becoming faster and more efficient, as are the sensory organs.

3

Advancing Systems

1. The UCC has accepted there is a rigid but progressive pattern to all emerging life. Certain groups are universally predictable: bacteria, algae, fungus, moulds, mosses, plants, and now more interestingly, animals. The variety of species within each group eventually becomes quite astounding. 

2. Observing the progression of organisms has fascinated the UCC. Each one has made a contribution towards its local ecosystem, but it has been the emergence of the animal kingdom, from sponges to worms, insects, fish, reptiles, birds, and now mammals, that have by far shown the greatest potential. 

4

Efficient Format

1. Most mammals are bilaterally symmetrical, meaning their left and right sides are mirror images of one another. They can extract substantial quantities of energy from the atmosphere by breathing. They have some form of skeleton and a digestive system that enables them to rather than create their own food, take nourishment from consuming other organisms. 

2. Mammals are complicated but adaptable. They are suitably sized and efficiently designed. Their life span is ideal; their brain is advanced, and their potential for further development is substantial. The ability to gather information, assess it, store it, retrieve it, and use it to make informed and rational decisions, far exceeds that of any other organism; and it is getting better all the time. 

3. As their intellect grows, so does their level of sentience, which the UCC has loosely classified into four levels: The non-sentient, organisms that have no concept of their existence. The sentient, that have a concern for self-preservation, but hold no real concept of self, or ability for subjective thought. The fully sentient, that appreciate pleasure and pain, and place value on maintaining their own existence. It is the highly sentient however, that are of the greatest interest to the UCC. Advanced sentience, self-awareness, and the capacity for subjective thought, are key factors in the UCC’s own plan to develop and become part of an advanced QI network. 

5

The Pineal Gland 

1.The UCC had first become aware of Quantum-Interconnection, or QI, in termites. In QI, the UCC could see the potential to eventually create an advanced quantum network, of which it could be part. In anticipation of that, when developing the brain, almost as an afterthought, the UCC made a decision to include a small, specialised gland, hidden deep in the mind’s centre. The UCC named it the Pineal. The intention was to give itself a subtle means of direct communication, should the need arise. 

2. The Pineal gland would perform day to day operational functions within the body, but it would also be receptive to very subtle vibrational frequencies. If needed, the Pineal would make it possible and relatively simple for the UCC to do two things: communicate basic information, and influence behaviour. 

3. The method of influencing behaviour would be a simple process of increasing or decreasing excretion of the chemicals naturally and regularly produced by the body, primarily Melatonin.

4. Under normal circumstances, Melatonin would perform an everyday function within the body, having a subtle but profound effect on emotional behaviour and the motivational state of highly sentient creatures. The UCC would use this facility to influence them; making them agitated or calm, depressed or euphoric, simply by adjusting the level of Melatonin in their system. 

6

Searching for An Ideal Specimen

1. Everywhere, diverse creatures are growing in sophistication, and many are showing clear signs of high sentience. They are aware of their own existence and certainly seem to place value upon it. 

2. The format of all creatures is largely dictated by environmental factors. It is also regularly influenced by the UCC, and always refined by the Nature of Phi. However, when the decision is made as to which creature will be chosen for specialised advanced development, the decision will be made exclusively by the UCC, and when making that choice, strength, endurance, and physical dexterity will be important, but intelligence will be paramount.

3. When the UCC eventually makes that choice and begins to make refinements, a strict procedure will have to be adhered to. It knows that periodically the Nature of Phi will insist on intervening, and when that happens, there will be no option but to wait until the Nature of Phi is satisfied. Only then will it be possible for the UCC to resume its work. At some point, the Nature of Phi will decide the refinement process has reached its peak, and all advancement will inevitably cease. The best the UCC can hope for, is that it manages to refine the chosen species sufficiently before the Nature of Phi makes that decision.

4. It will be an interesting process because the Nature of Phi is largely focussed on practical functionality, where the UCC is more concerned with philosophical advancement.  

5. Somewhere, and soon, the UCC is sure there will be a species that will prove themselves ideal candidates to become the first hive mind of the Universal Collective Consciousness. In the UCC’s collective however, the potential will be so much greater than that of the termites, because the minds involved will be far more sentient. With the basic intelligence being so much higher, it is almost impossible to envisage what potential QI might hold.

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