Curiosity Inc. wrote:
Newton and Galileo did perfectly fine without any of the supercomputers we have today.
Well, just because they didn't have modern technology doesn't mean they didn't have any technology, the obvious one being telescopes, but as humans we all stand on the shoulders of giants as it were, we use and take for granted the technologies of prior generations, if it wasn't for technological innovations such as mills, farming irrigation, do you think Newton and Galileo would have had enough time to ponder the universe?
i read an interesting article once about the difference in intelligence between primates and humans, and honestly, it is pretty negligible, humans just have an advantage that we don't start at the bottom of the ladder ever generation, we build on previous knowledge.
now imagine we advance so far that technology needs absolutely zero human intervention, and no one wants for anything, and the population is nearing immortality, it would only take one generation (or less assuming that the last generation that was present for the current status quo has a fallible memory) for everyone to forget how everything works.
now imagine that is the case for Asgardians, lets say Odin was a young man when the Asgardians stopped being relied upon by their own technology, perhaps 3000+ years ago, the race becomes restless and bored, they begin exploring the universe without a care since it is effortless to them, they discover Earth, and are seen as gods, and in turn they play up to the expectations of their worshippers, pretty soon they forget that they were anything else.
this is obviously not without precedent in Marvel comics as this is similar to the explanation for the Asgardians in Earth X
, nor is this type of "a technological civilisation becoming like gods and then forgetting they were anything else" in the books Ilium and Olympos, where advanced humans create a replica earth on which they play out Homer's Iliad and take on the personas of the Greek pantheon, (although iirc they forget they were ever human on purpose as a sort of method acting thing) and the idea of a technological race believing they are gods has obviously been seen many times in the Stargate franchise.
after the quote in Thor I find it impossible to rule out the fact that Asgardian magic is simply sufficiently advanced technology. if science and magic are the same thing where Thor is, then everything they have which is a product of magic, Mjolnir, Bifrost, the Casket of Ancient Winters, the Cosmic Cube, the Infinity Gauntlet, etc is also a product of science, which by your definition makes it technology.
Curiosity Inc. wrote:
...Have I sufficiently killed this tangent yet?