Sitting home last night, I noticed the movie "Akira" on Starz, I haven't seen it in a while so I thought I'd watch it. (Great movie by the way)
For those of you who aren't familiar, I suggest renting.
(Plot Overview: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_%28film%29
A central theme reflected in key dialogue exchanges concerns evolution — human, social, and technological — and the dangers inherent in mankind's quest to a virtual godhood by the development of tools which defy control. Alongside the more blatant visual cues in depictions of civil implosion and de facto nuclear annihilation, its cautionary message is distilled in exposition that Kei delivers (while channeling an esper girl) to Kaneda when they are imprisoned in a detention cell: Everything, including human invention, owes its existence to an earlier form; the concept of collective unconsciousness is extrapolated into a theory of cosmic memory whose participants, through accident of experimentation, have managed to misappropriate power intended for more advanced stages of evolutionary development.
After the movie I thought about this for a while. The idea is that at some stage of life, the current organisms awaken / discover / exploit the cosmic memory and gain the knowledge AND OR power that was designed for future organisms. The movie gave an example of "an amoeba acquiring the powers of a human."
This disrupts the normal flow of the dimensions, as organisms develop by gradually obtaining knowledge that they can handle at their current stage of development. This helps further advance them gradually. Yet by some flaw, occasionally an error will occur and organisms will obtain abilities, designated by the cosmic memory for much future generations, and obtain a status that will seem god-like to the current surrounding organisms.