Well, it appears we are as split upon this topic. The good news is so are most of the people who discuss this topic. It has been a very entertaining topic and I thank you for the stimulating conversation. I will counter the last couple of points and then give you the floor. You would always stand a chance of missing as there are an infinite number of variables that could happen. The catcher could miss-step, he could see something in the stands that distracts him etc. The catcher however is a pro and therefore his abilities are naturally better than the average person. This is why he very seldom misses compared to the average person. This particular example has nothing to do with the brain, this is a case of pure gambling. If the pitcher has thrown a curve,two fast and a drop, and the next pitch according to the films and his stats will be a curve, then all calculations, however performed, are removed as the batter is going to swing in a particular way with no adjustments or compensation. I would argue that these are pre-programmed instincts for survival. Food is a try it and see proposition, threats such as loud noises, sudden movement etc. are common in all animals and genetic compatibility, well, there are anti sheep laws out there for a reason. The brains true gift is reasoning, no other animal can even come close to it. Reasoning encompasses the " I wonder why that happens.." The other gift is abstract thinking. It is not always right, but it is a very powerful mechanism. It may have been wrong in the " he is sick because demons are in him..." but none the less, this was a very abstract and profound thought. The floor is yours.