The core tenets of NDT theory—– (1) Emotion acts on the body/mind as a virtual “force” of attraction (2) Emotion always moves from the predator to prey polarity (3) Complex canine behavior emerges as a function of the prey drive —– might initially seem to be radical, outside of the mainstream ideas. But science is steadily trending in this direction and the latest research on swarming behavior is further affirmation. The video at the bottom of the linked website features Iain Couzin teaching the hosts of the NPR show “Radio Lab” about collective animal/fish/bird/insect behavior. At the end of the video the segment on Locusts is especially important as Couzin demonstrates that the basis of locust swarms is one locust in the swarm trying to avoid being eaten by a fellow swarming locust.
It might help to bear in mind that the only thing that makes NDT theory seem fantastic is due to the human intellectual reflex to project human thoughts and personalities onto complex and intelligent emotional systems. We see things that are equal and yet opposite as being diametrically opposed and fundamentally different from each other, and thus we don’t see the flow principle that connects them. In this way we instinctively and mistakenly think that there are many emotions, not one, and that feelings are indistinguishable from thoughts. For example, dominance and submission are misapprehended as psychological motives, such as either establishing rank or controlling access over resources, instead of the equal and opposite of the predatory prey polarities by which emotion moves and thus how a collective consciousness and collectivized movements emerge from that flow without any concept within the individual mind about control over a resource or ascension within a social hierarchy. An immediate-moment manner of analysis bypasses this intellectual reflex, finds concordance with the basic laws of nature and thereby reveals what the latest modeling and mathematical analysis is only now able to illuminate.