Lewandowski’s best kept secret


Intuition is one of the main qualities that distinguish the Polish striker from Barça

Lewandowski is already the Pichichi of the League. Borja Iglesias also scored four goals in three games, but two of them were penalties. Against Valladolid, the Polish striker gave a real recital: he scored two goals, hit a header against the post and another shot hit the crossbar, finally pushing Sergi Roberto on goal. The fans threw their hands to their heads on the second goal after a shot from the heels, but the first seems to me equally symptomatic of Lewandowski’s best virtue. Raphinha receives the ball close to the right wing. Thousands before he crosses, Lewandowski starts demarking and wins Joaquín’s back. The ball reaches the far post, where the striker has walked, to put it into the goal with the sole of his shoe. If they had asked him after the game why exactly he had gone to where the ball landed, he would probably answer what he once confessed when he was voted Bayern Munich’s top scorer: “A striker doesn’t have time to think “You have to act with intuition. Sometimes, after scoring a goal, I myself am amazed at how I managed to score it.”

Some time ago I read a story that perfectly illustrates the value of intuition. The J. Paul Getty Museum in California had purchased a 6th century BC Greek statue for $10 million. The institution had, of course, conducted all kinds of scientific tests to verify its authenticity. The most empirical experts concluded that the image was unquestionably original. However, the director of the Athenian Acropolis Museum, Georgio Dontas, had a strange feeling when he first stood in front of the statue. He assured him that he had the feeling that there was a glass between him and that beautiful statue. He couldn’t explain why, but he thought there was something wrong with that image and he felt it was fake. Years later, when new technological developments made it possible to re-analyze the piece with different parameters, they verified that it was indeed a replica. In fact, it came to light that it was made in an artisan workshop in Rome in the early 1980s.

I’ve heard some professors tell their students that regardless of their major, the university will teach them to think. The more knowledge we have, the more options our mind must logically choose. Our consciousness processes, orders, selects, analyzes and makes decisions accordingly. Unlike other animals, we are rational beings capable of deduction.

However, neuropsychologists have shown that we are mostly guided by intuition. Even scientists are placing more and more value on what we call “hunches” at the ordinary level. Once your brain is filled with data and experiences, there’s no harm in formulating a hypothesis, not relating the variables deductively, but rather getting carried away by a hunch. Einstein himself claimed that he had done so and regarded intuition as the most valuable quality.

In recent years, it has been found that people who are used to playing creatively and solving situations develop certain parts of the brain, such as the precuneus, which is related to episodic memory. Or the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, where information is stored that is derived from situations in which we have received a reward or, on the contrary, a punishment. The player in question could not verbally articulate why he ran for the far post, and not the first, but his intuitive mind dictates it to him, combining in milliseconds a myriad of past experiences, referencing the thousands of training sessions and previous matches. , where similar situations arose.

Descartes spread the lapidary expression of rationalism: “I think, therefore I am.” But attackers like Lewandowski could refute him: “I have intuitive (where my teammate’s pass will go), that’s why I exist (as a player).”

Source: La Verdad


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