Each unit instinctively follows simple rules of flight path in relation to the neighbouring units, resulting in remarkable and intensely beautiful patterns woven by flocks in the sky. I have been experimenting in expressing this in a series of paintings.
I wonder what it feels like to be driven by instinct to flock in this way. Do non-human animals feel emotions? Do starlings feel something analogous to joy simply for flying in a group, rewarding them for acting according to their innate drives?
How would a sentient and self-aware animal describe such an instinct in itself?
Is this already an area of study, a school of philosophy or psychology?