Homo Sapiens, the mutant child and our planetary surfboard on which we surf the Universe. Updated June 2017.

We surf across a sea of gravitational waves.
contemporary life & science is our own art

Planet Earth. Our bluish marble of brown and green.
Apex species. Planet Earth is inhabited by a rapidly evolving and diverse humanoid species which as this planet's current primary apex predator is actually made up by a wide range of multiple hominid species mutually forming it's diverse genetic origin and lineage.
Mutant name. Contemporary humans.
Planetary trajectory, unknown.
The entire planet, solar system and milky way galaxy dart and weave, jump and spin all over the place inside the known universe. It might feel as if it is this solid zen-like teacup of calmness, but in reality, it is constantly changing shape and form, mass, speed, and trajectory.
The speed of planetary travel can be measured as millions of kilometer per hour. ( Not millions actually, just 828,000 kilometers per hour to be exact )

Evolution of Contemporary humans

Contemporary humans.
Is that not quite a beautiful term for the ever changing range of humanoid species which we all belong too.
And is it not also true that we all evolve as nature intended for life to do.

[ Oceans run the risk of having more total weight of plastic than fish.]

Over time, we change and adapt.
As individuals, as well as this one family of global hominid species. Our mind and bodies and genetic markers evolve to life's current day by day conditioning. And this change, in body, mind and genes, it never, ever pause.
The conscious choices we make, and the daily conditions through which we live rewrites the insides of your body and mind, and it has a very real impact on the very DNA inside of you.

This is a clever adaptive design that covers all of life.
Our mostly silent but clearly evolving plants, bees, elephants, humans, water bears and cats.
We all adapt, evolve, change and transform, from cradle to the grave, and changes carry through across the generational gap in this endless loop that is life, birth, and death.
Contemporary humans and all other species for that matter do not just change due to what we do in our own daily life, but we all change by absorbing previous generations own genetic material.

We pick it up, the things our genetic parents did before our conception, we absorb what they do during pregnancy, and we take it with us, the shape and form of that genetic material as it happens to be at conception and birth. Most of the time nature thrive real hard to try and only absorb and hold on to the best traits from previous generations. But like with all things in life, human or nature made errors continually happen.
Making diversity a natural but pretty intelligently selective strength.
Far less random and chaotic as previously thought, sure mistakes happen of course, and at times, since evolution is so slow, surrounding circumstances will change much quicker than our genetic material can hope to adapt ( computer screens and blue light, for instance, our own beefed up neanderthal immune system is another good example, and climate change is another very relevant and current global change that is too quick for most species to keep pace with ).

Why, the term, contemporary humans?

But if you are still itching to find out why I am calling our one global species, contemporary humans instead of homo sapiens.
Well, I use the term contemporary humans a bit tongue in cheek of course, but also, because we are not the same as 300 years ago.
Nor are we even the same species as we were 60 years ago, or at the day of our birth.

And we sure as hell is not the same human species as we happened to be 2000 or 500 000 years ago.
Contemporary humans are ever evolving, and it is who we are today, come tomorrow, we will be slightly better and different, slightly more evolved.
Humanity evolves slowly, but also far more rapid than most give credit.

Changes happen in each individual over one single lifespan. And some of those changes are as capable of going backward as they are of going forward.
A very basic but obvious concept of how fast we actually adapt is the huge change from the ground up that you can choose to create in your own health and body just by cutting out unhealthy food and by starting to go seriously to the gym 4 to 5 days a week.
Lifelong, yet temporary, and profoundly deep and powerful changes not just in looks and athletic abilities, but deep and profound changes in mind, heart, cells and biological functions, changes that even rewrite your mind and body on the inside.

Today, we also know that Homo Sapien doesn't have just one species or individual as our genetic origin. Adam and Eve is a beautiful thought for those that need the comfort and mental safety net of a singular creator guarding our destiny, but the reality of it all is that we are all glorious children of not one genetic origin, but a multitude of completely different humanoid species, picking up the best traits and mutations from each of those species, and individuals as we continued to evolve along the way.

Making the vast majority of Earth´s current population, not only a genetic evolution of several ancient and contemporary human races but from the ground up a beautiful ever evolving mutant species.
Which when you trace our complete lineage and genetic makeup turn out to be something which can not be called a mere unchanging sum of all.

We are all the children of various homo sapien races, but like the silver surfer in Marvels cinematic universe, we also hurl through nature's evolving cosmos, riding a giant planetary surfboard that we call Earth.
We ride it together as something evolved and mutated, not just a mere good ol' homo sapien but something far more, something that is still evolving.

The cosmic ocean.

We ride the waves of cosmos, planets and galaxies and all their stars and species, weaving and bobbing the illusion of cosmos calm, pond like surface.
Like a leaf on giant stormy seas we might not see the waves ahead, nor might we feel the ever changing rise and fall of the sea. But like that leaf, we surf the galactic waves we know are constantly moving, unseen but never the less, moving and touching everything in our own milky way galaxy and the entire known universe.

Even tho we can not see those waves or their individual ripples that protrude across space with our naked eyes, we now have the technology that allows us to interpret it, and as such, today, we know that even time itself and the biggest stars all weave and float across those very waves.
As such, we all surf that glorious and wild ocean, not a singular human species that has walked the earth the same unchanged way since homo sapiens origin story that most likely happened in African. No, instead, we do it as beautiful mutant children, born of cosmic stars and material, a multitude of different contemporary races and ancient human species.
Each with their own unique genetic origin and adaptations and contributions to whom we are today.

Evolved and more, we ride this wave together, and we do it at the speed of light, traversing the vast unknown of space.
Individually speaking, we are all unique, and yet, connected little mutants, born a mix of Homo sapiens, Neanderthals, Denisovans and 'god' knows what more we will soon discover in our still changing family tree, but whatever the future reveals every single human being, every single genetic origin and hominid species there is, they have all contributed to our mutually shared ( yet individual ) genetic pool that is the individual we are today.
And so do you, the daily choices that you do and do not do.
You are rewriting your own genetic SSD every single day and second, leaving behind constant change and adaptation to the future of the human race.

And as such, it is that together, we, the still Earthbound contemporary human race, our planet, and entire galaxy surf through the universe at the crest of giant waves at a speed of millions of kilometer per hour.

The Milky Way Galaxy.

The Milky way galaxy is a small galaxy that in itself is still changing and soon will have millions of new stars to light up our sky at night. In part, because our entire galaxy is moving through the universe, it is not anchored in one singular place. It is like a Viking long boat hurling through the radiant storms towards brave uncharted waters :).
But, in part because we will also soon have millions of new stars with millions of more planets because life is so god damn amazing that a long, long time ago a giant cluster of stars and cosmic soup got tossed out of the milky way galaxy, and now it has turned a corner out there in the universe, taken a left or two and decided to simply fly back home to us :).
And of course, did I mention that new stars and planets form all the time. Yup, they do. They give birth, they live, they collapse and die and produce new material for new planets, stars and species.

So tell me now.

So Tell me now that life is not grand amazing.
But if you do, I will say.

You, my friend, might not be blind and deaf by nature's choosing. But still, you live by your own free will, slightly numb and blind and deaf.
Why is that?

By not seeing and wanting to accept life as it is, you are missing out, because life is grand, and man and woman are born all beautiful and perfect, yet still evolving. Pussy, clit, thoughts and all, we are all amazing. We and life itself are grand and gorgeous, a delight to enjoy as it is today and the ever-changing tomorrow.
And we are all so much more than any man-made fiction.

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Last Few Published Books and Articles

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 22, is there any difference at all in recovery capacity after a hard leg workout in the gym depending on your biological age?.

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes

    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 22 in our School of Fitness.
    2017 came and went in a glorious display of Northern lights. But now that we are all one year older. Let us take a look at that age-old saying that we recover worse and slower after a hard workout in the gym as we grow beyond our 30´s.
    Is there any truth to this at all? Or is this just one more thing that people got wrong in the name of lacking insight, age-related fears, and youth-obsessed peer pressure?.
    To put it simply.
    Will the 22-year-old you recover better after a kick-ass weight lifting workout in the gym doing intense deadlifts than the 50 year old you will be able to do, or can you safely go at it just as hard knowing that you will recover and improve just as good?.

  • Fitness & Health: Going plant-based with your food choices is one of the better food choices you can do.

    Quality time needed: 2 minutes

    Complete the circle.
    Every single day.
    Fitness, Food & Health, its just science baby, smiles, sweat and science :).

    Eating healthy is an essential part of every human beings healthy fit lifestyle.
    And like keeping active and healthy at the gym and in daily life it's a daily choice.
    Going plant-based with your food choices is one of the better food choices you can do. As long as you keep on top of your protein, your fat, iron, and creatine going plant-based is super easy to do and super beneficial for health & fitness ( and the planet ).

  • The first day of 2018. A tiny micro-short story and the best fitness & health advice you will ever get in life. Let us kickstart 2018 and lay nothing but healthy fit days on the road ahead.

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    The arrival of 2018
    And the best health & fitness advice you will ever get.
    Life in the Anthropocene, its just science baby, smiles, sweat and science :).

    Enjoy a healthy fit, and happy 2018 people, but before I start our shiny new year by giving you the single best health & fitness advice you´ll ever get in life, a tiny little micro-short story to welcome you to the rest of your life.
    "the dragon that climbed the world of ice"
    'I watched it climb
    the world of ice that towered us both
    its mighty tail stung the icy cavern beneath us, like a spear it was thrust into the chest of the icy mountain, sending splatter of man-sized ice blocks and snow that bled into the bottomless pit, while it drove its left and right limbs into the frosty mountain above us

    and slowly
    over the endless void of time

    the dragon climbed its way upward
    through a world of ice that tried to hold us captive

    we climbed
    endless step by endless step towards the moon and the stars to hunt them one by one'.

  • Life in the Anthropocene & saving the endangered Rhino. Kenyan ultra marathon providing the adventure of a lifetime and a world improving good cause.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes

    Health & Fitness
    And the ultra marathon to save the Rhino.
    Life in the Anthropocene is all about our global and individual responsibility.

    And in some ways, I can not think about a much better and more current way to emphasize our individual and globally shared responsibility than the Kenyan Ultra Marathon taking place in 2018.
    It's like all the other sports competitions ever done about the individual responsibility to shape and form your ongoing life and fitness journey so that you can endure and conquer that particular challenge.
    But it is equally much a team effort, to better our planet and to save the Rhino.
    As such it serves as a proxy for our own health, and our modern day pollution, the local and global poverty, the gender and class-based inequality, the competition itself, and the endangered wildlife and all the species rapidly going extinct across the entire world.
    We are all responsible. Individually and globally.
    And in that spirit, this ultramarathon is not just about bringing together runners from all around the world, it is also a marathon to save the endangered Rhino from going extinct, and to better the entire world.

  • Naughty xmas poetry "There are secrets hiding, in the xmas tree" and a merry winter solstice to you guys.

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    Winter solstice poetry
    a quality xmas
    and happy new year.

    Enjoy the rest of December people and make sure to allow yourselves and others the only gift truly worth something this xmas. And that is to breathe and exhale, relax and enjoy each and every moment.
    Do not suffocate each other or stress yourself out as you try in vain to achieve the perfect holiday, there is no such thing when it comes to the way we celebrate new years eve, winter solstice, xmas or whatever you call it.
    Chasing perfection and meaningless details are what kills that perfect day even before it starts. So just enjoy your day, yourself and each other the way you are.
    Have a good one and now, here is my perfect xmas in the shape of a naughty winter solstice poem ( and moment ) I am calling "There are secrets hiding, in the xmas tree", enjoy the read and the days ahead :).

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 18, will obesity increase my risk of developing Alzheimer?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 18 in our School of Fitness.
    Obesity is no friend of any individuals longterm health. We all know that.
    But is cheering each other into obesity and being overweight also scientifically speaking, causing an increase in the risk of developing Alzheimer?.

  • Anthropocene: We have real global progress but also life diminishing quality for hundreds of million of people. Official UNICEF study.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes

    Global progress.
    And diminishing lives.
    Life in the Anthropocene.

    In a world of global progress in a lot of important aspects, we can never close our eyes to the simple fact that hundreds of millions of people around this beautiful world are witnessing how their lives are becoming increasingly worse.
    “In a time of rapid technological change leading to huge gains in living standards, it is perverse that hundreds of millions are seeing living standards actually decline, creating a sense of injustice among them and failure among those entrusted with their care,” “No wonder they feel their voices are unheard and their futures uncertain.”
    - Laurence Chandy, UNICEF Director of Data, Research, and Policy.

  • Black Friday 20% off: fine art for the living room walls by yours truly.

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    The art of living.
    Fine art for the living room walls by yours truly.
    Black Friday discount.

    You pick the size, the framing and whether you prefer the white margin or zero margins on your print and there you go, parcel on the way.
    Printing & shipping is handled by the Swedish fine art gallery Printler and they ship to all of Europe.
    And for Black Friday you´ll even get a 20% discount, valid until Monday 27 Nov.

  • 'At the bridge to Asgard, sprouts and roots grow the ever tree'. Here we live in the age of the Anthropocene.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes

    sprouts and roots
    A healthy you, is a healthy world.
    Life in the Anthropocene.

    'At the bridge to Asgard, sprouts and roots grow the ever tree' through the gates of life and death, and the turning of the Midgard snake.
    We walk beneath a starry sky, weaved by light and dark and obscured shades our eyes can not see.

    We melt and turn the tides of time, as we spill the soil between our fingers.
    It drips back down to where it came from, all while the ants and worms grow unseen layers of brand new soil.

  • Fitness & Health: 'Health at a Glance' is a European health report covering obesity around Europe in 2017.

    Quality time needed: 7 minutes

    Health at a Glance
    A European health report 2017
    Fitness & Health.

    Health at a Glance is a European health report for 2017. And in it the United Kingdom is revealed to be Western Europes most obese nation.
    So, perhaps, fish and chips and beer just isnt the best of national food obsessions.
    Another important highlight that bounces right back at you is how obesity in the UK has increased by 92% since the 1990s ( it´s been increasing in every nation btw, but good ol England is leading the pack ).

    And since we also know by now that obesity & overweight is not just about a individual increase in body fat %, which would have been perfectly fine and all down to personal preferences in body composition and aesthetics, but instead is directly tied to a huge increase in several health issues, such as diabetes & cancer and severely decreased quality of life and longevity.

  • Anthropocene & the annual 'good country index' is back for its worldwide summary with the year 2017. And Scandinavia once again dominates.

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    the good country index 2017
    Life beyond 2028.

    Sweden once again dominates the good country index, sort of making it an annual business as usual reveal in other words.
    Sweden is followed closely by another Scandinavian country, namely Denmark, which, is no real surprise, the Nordic nations can be found at the top of the world, year after year, after year in a long range of beneficial, quality of life metrics and studies.

  • 9 million annual deaths due to worldwide pollution in air, soil, water. Life in the Anthropocene.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes

    9 million
    annual deaths due to worldwide pollution
    The art of living.

    Every year the number of people that die prematurely due to worldwide pollution keep on increasing. And right now that pollution in water, soil, air, chemical or work-related pollution is already taking the life of 9 million people around the world.

    Let us think about that for one more second, every single year 9 million people end up dying prematurely due to the modern day pollution we all contribute to.

  • Health & Fitness science: Maintain healthy mitochondria through exercise-induced mitophagy.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes

    Health in muscles and heart.
    Life is your own art.

    New research once again showcases how exercise improves muscle health and, exercise capacity and how that positive mechanism with perpetual fitness regimes in the end greatly improves general health and longevity for each individual.
    Allowing continued fitness activity to become one of the finest predictors we have of general mortality and biological health and wellbeing in any given population and individual.
    This particular study was published in the journal Nature Communications and it digs deep down inside our bodies as it takes a long look at how exercise helps the body and mind keep healthy and strong by transforming and maintaining our body on a cellular level.

  • Anthropocene & the human health. Plastic litter in our salt, tap water, honey, fish & food. Land and soil and blood system.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes

    Plastic Litter
    Tap water, Sea salt & Food.
    Life in the Anthropocene.

    In Europe, 72% of all tap water contains 1.9 fibers of plastic litter per 500ml of water.
    That number increases to 94% of all tap water in the USA which contains 4.8 plastic litter fibers per 500ml of water. And worldwide 83% of all tap water contains plastic litter.
    But the issue of plastic contamination in our water is not just about tap water, nor is it, as we have previously talked about, only a concern with sea food. This is a growing man-made health issue which has been going on for a very long time and by now it is part of every aspect of society and our natural world.
    For instance, scientists found plastics in products in studies on Chinese Sea salt in 2015.

  • Anthropocene: A long form article called Indonesia

    Quality time needed: 8 minutes

    17,000 islands & almost 260 million people
    Life in the Anthropocene.

    Indonesia is by all accounts one of the world's most populated nations with its soon to be 260 million strong population scattered across an astounding 17 000 islands. Another fascinating aspect of life in Indonesia is that in total its population is made up of over 300 different ethnic and linguistic groups that combined speak over 700 different languages.

  • Books & Publishing: How and where to buy or read 'Wings of a Raven, 2028AD'

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    Wings of a Raven, 2028AD.
    Book 1 in my mature, new adult Sci-fi universe.

    Wings of a Raven, 2028AD.
    Price: $2.99
    Print length: 147 Pages
    Publication date: August 2017
    ISBN: 9781537855714
    Read it at your local library or right here at my own 'a Norse View' library.
    Or if you so prefer you can buy it from your fav book store for 2.99US$.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 12, Running and the shock impact of each step.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes

    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 12 in our School of Fitness.
    Today's question, running is a super healthy aspect of any fit & healthy lifestyle. But the brunt of running too often also put intense pressure and wear on feet and knees and tibia since our lower body absorbs almost all of the impact while we run.
    So how often do the average runner ( in general ) smash their delicate feet's and shin bone into that immovable ground per minute while they are ramping up the miles.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 11, Let us talk about that mighty beast Deadlift and all the stuff it activates.

    Quality time needed: 3 minutes

    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 11 in our School of Fitness.
    Today's question is as follows, which muscles are activated when you are busy killing it in the gym with the majestic "Deadlift" exercise.
    A lot of people rightfully think of Deadlift as the great full-body exercise. But what do you actually engage and stimulate when you go at it with this bad boy.

  • Science study: High Energy Food vs cancer risk and body fat increase in Women aged 50+.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes

    High Energy Food
    vs Cancer and increased body mass.

    In a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers investigated the relationship between dietary food choices which contain a high-energy density ( DED ) and the cancer risk and body mass increase in women aged 50 years +.

  • Book: 'Wings of a Raven, 2028AD'. The first book from the near future book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz. Mature and at times naughty storytelling and explicit events hide behind each page of this sci-fi tale. Less than 40 000 words.

    Suitable for a mature audience. 17+ and up. Adult storytelling and explicit events.
    UHD audio video book reading TBA
    Vacation read ( Three+ Nights Bed time read )
    'Wings of a Raven' By Mike Koontz is the first book in a shared contemporary book universe called 2028AD. Mature and at times even naughty storytelling and explicit events lurk behind each page as we traverse the known familiarities of planet Earth and the uncharted vastness of the universe.
    And if at any point and turn, you feel that you need more from this charming sci-fi universe, reach for the abyss of the dark world wide web and the home of every book and short story that relates to 2028AD right here at anorseview.com.
    The first book in this sci-fi universe, is delivered with a touch of abstract horror, and the pleasure and kink of sensual and sultry naughty love. Mixed with moments of life and death, science, and space exploration, pollution, sex, war, poverty, famine. The man made horror and climate change.
    In the 2028AD universe Earth is a world wrought in chaos. And it is a place where hope and despair tumble and take turn with the trembling steps of colonizing other planets while the oceans on planet Earth keeps rising.
    Photography, and writing by Mike Koontz
    2018, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

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