It uses the structural conventions of a programming language, but is intended for human reading rather than machine reading. Pseudocode typically omits details that are not essential for human understanding of the algorithm, such as variable declarations, system-specific code and some subroutines. The programming language is augmented with natural language description details, where convenient, or with compact mathematical notation. The purpose of using pseudocode is that it is easier for people to understand than conventional programming language code, and that it is an efficient and environment-independent description of the key principles of an algorithm. It is commonly used in textbooks and scientific publications that are documenting various algorithms, and also in planning of computer program development, for sketching out the structure of the program before the actual coding takes place.
No standard for pseudocode syntax exists, as a program in pseudocode is not an executable program. Pseudocode resembles, but should not be confused with skeleton programs, including dummy code, which can be compiled without errors. Flowcharts and Unified Modeling Language (UML) charts can be thought of as a graphical alternative to pseudocode, but are more spacious on paper.
Primordial soup, Or prima materia. The cosmic egg or chaos. What ever you want to call it. According to classical Greek myth, only Chaos existed in the beginning. Like its namesake in daily life, this Chaos was an un-ordered, un-anything, not quite imaginable, shapeless state. From Chaos, Order suddenly appeared, and from conflict between Chaos and Order, everything else came into existence. This unbalanced state of existence is similar to the creative nature of the mind.
Chaos was the formless and disordered mass from which the ordered universe is created. Elements existed, yet all matter remained formless, shapeless, and at war within. No one could stand on this mutable land; no one could swim in this ever-changing water, no one could breath in this inconstant air. The confused atoms of this chaos constantly warred with each other. Heat fought with cold, liquid against solid. Wet warred with dry. Every quality clashed with its opposite. There was no order and anything that could happen happened with infinite possibilities.
The universe was formed, engulfing chaos. Order was brought to the cosmos. There is now balance between elements and atoms. There are now laws that cannot be broken. Structure now exists in the universe. Yet, chaos still exists, as though it were the base beneath layers of paint in a giant cosmic illustration. Chaos can be seen as an artist’s blank canvas. The amount of outcomes for her painting is infinite. Imagine an infinite amount of spontaneous outcomes all coexisting at once. This overwhelming initial state of mind is the basis for all creativity and goes back to the beginning of time. When we overcome this intimidating feeling of uncertainty and generate something well structured and original, we tap into the same energy that spawned the universe. We become creators.
People who are considered to be creative genius are often out of touch with society. Albert Einstein, for example, suffered from bipolar disorder and had a speech problem in his younger ages. He enjoyed giving 2 hour lectures on quantam physics to his 8 year old (including exposition on the Newtonian properties of soap bubbles). The strange behavior of the genius psyche is perceived to be the outward expression of their unique intelligence or creative impulse. In this vein, the abnormal behavior is not the result of madness, but because it stems from a mind so original that it cannot be conformed to societal norms. Psychologist Dr. David Weeks mentions people with a mental illness “suffer” from their behavior while eccentrics are quite happy. He even states eccentrics are less prone to mental illness than everyone else. Bipolar disorder has also been associated with creativity, goal striving, and positive achievements. There is significant evidence to suggest that many people with creative talents have also suffered from some form of bipolar disorder.
So now order exists in the world. There exists defined substance (matter) but at the same time there is chaos (vacant, empty space). This Vaccum is left to be molded by man. Countless civilizations, arts, cultures, technologies, religions, moralities, and societies have been made in mans name. All to fill the void and define the relevance of mans existence. The ones who define humanities purpose in reality, who change the world, who bend matter, are the philosophers, the thinkers, the artists, the politicians, the musicians, the activists.
We as humans have access to chaos. Buried deep within the minds of all of us is a door to the primordial sketchbook that bases reality. And with it we create, shape, and alter our world.