When you throw a ball to me (provided you’re not totally skilless), I catch it. This involves a sequence of events (weighing back your arm, checking the distance from you to me, levering your shoulder etc.) that need to be executed on cue in order to be accurate.
I can understand that over time we develop a better “sense” (for lack of a better word) for these motions. After all, when we are children, we have not yet developed and mastered the requisite skills needed to perform these actions (e.g. throwing, catching, …).
However, why is it that after performing these actions on a regular basis that we do become better at them? I mean if there were absolutely no means of mathematical measurement (or approximation), I ought to miss the ball more often than I catch it. So how is it that I am able to master the art of catching (and you the art of throwing)?
Is there some sort of calculating mechanism inside the human brain that can determine the order and precise sequence of physical motions accurately enough that we can rely on it (as we so often do)? Do we have some sort of finely tuned “physical engine” - much like computer games that use physics engines in order to simulate realistic movement(s)?
And if so, are there some who have more innately finely tuned “physics engines” than others? Would this explain the “natural” affinity that some people display when undertaking certain tasks requiring skill (such as driving, throwing, running etc.)?