At some point in our evolutionary past we shared an ancestor with bigfoot. While we went on to become masters of the material world, bigfoot and his family chose to follow the qualia. They are still physical beings, but since they have adapted to such a vastly different qualiascape than our own, we rarely see them.
People, like most of the animals with which we are familiar, are focused on matter. We notice qualia, but for us it is just a sign that compels us to go after material things. We smell a smell, or we have an idea, but instead of dwelling on it we go off in search of food or we try to turn our idea into money or some other reward.
Bigfoot must have gone in the opposite direction. When his ancestors noticed qualia they remained focused on it. Qualia, for them, operated not as a sign, but as a symbol — it triggered a conception in their minds which, as few humans can truly appreciate, is a possession and a reward all on its own. So, while the average human still exists in a variety of material landscapes tinged with qualia, bigfoot lives in multidimensional qualiascapes merely tinged with matter.
The result of this fundamental divergence between bigfoot’s ancestors and our own is that, although we both exist on the earth, we live in completely different environments. Our lives don’t intersect any more than the lives of salmon and goldfinches. Occasionally, something stresses out some finch and in a crisis he falls into the river; likewise, a bigfoot sometimes finds himself manifested in the material world.
Once in a while somebody happens to take a picture of a bigfoot, sending all the bigfoot hunters and all the scientists into motion. Alas, their stirrings are futile. They won’t prove his existence for the simple reason that qualia is not scientifically measurable, and bigfoot is more qualia than matter. The success of the scientific method is a direct consequence of our being focused upon the matter and not the qualia; therefore, science will never succeed where the essence of any thing primarily qualiadelic.
The hairy creature looking back at us in those pictures probably knows everything Einstein knew, and Jesus too. One wonders if he feels a contemptuous annoyance at the man with the camera, or pity. He certainly doesn’t seem to have any inclination to start a relationship.