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From Northern Antiquities, an English translat...

From Northern Antiquities, an English translation of the Prose Edda from 1847. Painted by Oluf Olufsen Bagge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Asgard is the home of the Scandanavian Aesir gods located in the upper air. It’s one of the Nine Worlds unified by the World Tree (Yggdrasill), as described in in the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda.

The Asgard are also a fictional alien race in the American and Canadian science fiction TV series Stargate SG-1 who, according to the story, visited Earth and gave rise to the Scandanavian legends.

Science fiction often makes use of ancient myth, adapting the old stories into a more modern, pseudo-scientific framework. Some people take these modern reinterpretations seriously, excluding the possibility that the “gods” are just imaginary stories or, perhaps, real powers that can be felt by the psyche (like C. G. Jung‘s archetypes), which do not need scientific gizmos to make their presence known.

Thor, an Asgard as seen in the SG-1 episode &q...

Thor, an Asgard as seen in the SG-1 episode “Small Victories”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This tension between pseudo-scientific vs. intra-psychic explanations can also be applied to the New Age cult believing in so-called alien implants. Another possibility often overlooked by these folks is that ETs (if they exist) can just connect with people psychically, with no need whatsoever of some kind of trumped up “implant.”

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