Well, let's see what this last one does. You see,, one of your technicians wasn't sure about the idealized vision being put into place oh, so long ago, and ended up implementing a back-up plan they found hidden away inside something surrounding 'survival of the species'.
Ends up Antarctica and its lush landscape and isolation meant it could harbour a time-capsule of sorts. But something else happened and ended up having the poles freeze over. Poor Patrick and the research crew he was part of were just about to step inside something when an earthquake had them get the heck out of there. Poor Patrick is stuck in a hospital somewhere, stuck inside a mind that shut down and is trying to come alive again. It seems some kind of 'chamber' the research team had uncovered was filled with a kaleidoscope of frequencies that blasted Patrick as he was the one who opened the door to it, and it fractured that continent, sent all kinds of chaos around the world in disrupting all kinds of electrical equipment, and the world is still rewiring and recovering while Patrick is having some dreams in his mental isolation.
I guess...whatever was in that chamber had been cocooned for so long that it created its own universe of existence that had no beginning or end...just a bulge of existence like a weak spot on the surface of a balloon.
Hmm...now that I think about it, maybe I shouldn't add in to your story. All it would do is offer up a story within a story which may actually detract from where you are going with it. The end result is Patrick gets brought into a NASA space program because of his hibernation ability and a new kind of rocket propulsion that has a ship shoot off towards the centre of the universe and the origins of your species. What your story-guys were trying to do was evolve a being that could handle the journey back to the origin, as none of them with all their ability and knowledge could get to that point. None were 'basic'...all too advanced for such a trip...they were a 'mountain' when they needed to be 'a grain of sand'.
Ah well...cat's outta the bag. Spoiler alert! lol. Sorry. I'll pull out now...and I hope Tom feels a little lighter about the interaction. I was hoping to balance out your story, Ron, with something a little bit more gentle but hopefully tied in.