Comment: Also consider that everything is energy

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Also consider that everything is energy

I'm not discounting the Alien hypothesis at all.

Consciousness is a form of energy. If there is some cyclical energetic boost that happens then consciousness will undergo a relative boost as well. This very well could have happened where primates suddenly began "awakening" and realized they were conscious. And from then on it may seem like there is indeed a "missing link" in evolution. But also along with your thoughts, perhaps this consciousness boost was assisted with technology.

We may never know for sure, or we may find out in one month if the next boost happens to us. The Apocalypse is defined as a "revelation of things hidden from mankind in an age dominated by falsehood and misconceptions" so maybe we'll experience a boost of consciousness that will allow us to see with pure clarity these things that have been hidden. But doesn't it seem like we're already uncovering so much that was hidden for decades? We sure are and there's nothing fringe about that ;)

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin