The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Scientific Child Prodigy - a guide

Welcome to those who are new to Scientific Child Prodigy.

It has come to my attention that some site visitors are not familiar with Ainan's story. Ainan is a prodigious young scientist. He has demonstrated this in public examinations and is the youngest person ever to have passed an O level, as verified by the Singapore Book of Records. He is at work on higher level material, presently. Indeed he has been a student of Chemistry, at Singapore Polytechnic, for over a year.

At 7 years old, Ainan was accepted into the GEP, Gifted Education Programme, after passing all their tests. They advanced him about a decade in Chemistry by placing him in classes at Raffles College and other institutions. However, the GEP had a different vision for Ainan than us. They wanted to focus on theoretical education, whereas Ainan was more interested in experimental Chemistry. We were doing all the theoretical work he needed at home. Their offer was, therefore, redundant. Thus, within a year we gave up working with the GEP. It was our decision and a good one.

I feel it necessary to point this out because some people don't take the time to find out the facts. This has led to misunderstandings by them. I hope that this clarifies matters for those who have shown they need that clarification. Thanks.

You may be looking for our IMDb listings. IMDB is the Internet Movie Database for film and tv professionals. If you would like to look at my IMDb listing for which another fifteen credits are to be uploaded, (which will probably take several months before they are accepted) please go to: As I write, the listing is new and brief - however, by the time you read this it might have a dozen or a score of please do take a look. My son, Ainan Celeste Cawley, also has an IMDb listing. His is found at: My wife, Syahidah Osman Cawley, has a listing as well. Hers is found at:

There are many posts and it is easy to overlook some that would be of interest, given the simple linking structure of this site. Therefore I am going to point your attention towards some pages which could be of interest:

For the first words of my scientific child prodigy son, Ainan Celeste Cawley:

For his precociously early physical development, crawling at four months, walking at six:

For his ability to see future developments of present science and technology:

For Ainan's tendency to challenge himself with huge projects demanding attention and ingenuity:

For one of the signs of genius Ainan shows, and your kid may too:

For the early physical development of his younger brother, Tiarnan Hasyl Cawley:

and more on his baby athleticism:

On why the gifted, geniuses, prodigies, and savants are important:

On the peer group of prodigies: who do they relate to? Who can they best communicate with?

On the scepticism that the gifted sometimes face, when others learn of their abilities:

On leadership and the way it shows in my son Fintan Nadym Cawley, 3.

Why we need more gifted education for children:

Musical gift and how it may show itself in a baby, from Tiarnan Hasyl Cawley's example:

On Tiarnan's talkative nature and precocious speech development:

Syahidah Osman Cawley, the mother of my three sons, including prodigy Ainan Celeste Cawley:

Ainan Celeste Cawley's like of writing science books mainly in Chemistry and Physics:

The socratic questioning of Ainan Celeste Cawley, as teacher of his father:

The tragic neglect and waste of human gifts, that is a global problem:

On the possibility of photographic or eidetic memory:

On the need for homeschooling for gifted children:

On helping grow the audience of Scientific Child Prodigy - a new blog:

A photo of Daddy Cawley, and a little introduction to my life:

On the difficulty of finding quality teaching in modern schools, particularly for gifted children:

On the need for mutual support in the gifted community:

On the adult reactions to a gifted child, a prodigy or a genius:

The artistic works of Ainan Celeste Cawley's uncle, Hafiz Osman, a Singaporean artist:

An introduction to Hafiz Osman, Ainan's artist uncle:

The problem of plagiarism that faces all creative people and how it affects your creative child:

Making time for creative work: genius needs its space...a tale about not wasting creative gifts:

The value and limits of iq testing: should you test your gifted child or not?

The interior designs and designed objects of Ainan Celeste Cawley's artist uncle, Hafiz Osman:

Hafiz Osman's birthday surprise from an idea by Syahidah Osman Cawley:

The truth about whether the parents of prodigies are pushy or not:

The relationship between the iq of the parents and the children and how this relates to the inheritance of genius iq:

More of Tiarnan Hasyl Cawley's athletic progress and a discussion of Ainan's baby prowess in earlier days:

The internet conversation, the merits of posting a comment and the value of sharing:

The natural confederacy that exists among the less bright, against the bright:

Who is the biggest bully in the school? An eye-opening discussion of a rarely recognized problem:

Are celebrities gifted? Do stars really shine intellectually or is it just the gloss of their make-up?
Get the truth on Hollywood stars and iq:

Ainan Celeste Cawley, six, likes to invent his own scientific experiments, here is one:

Moderation in changes in the environment of a gifted child, preferred to address problems:

Heroism in children: how young does it show itself. Here is Fintan Nadym Cawley's own show of bravery:

A brief description of my blog and its range of contents, far and wide in the realm of genius:

How young do babies show high emotional intelligence? Here is Tiarnan displaying high EQ:
What is the teacher's point of view on gifted children? Can they see a gifted child for what they are?

We all search the internet. Some do so with prejudice in mind. Here is one example:

Copyright protection is vital to all who create. Here is a discussion of Copyscape, a tool to protect against copyright breach and a mention of the financial penalties for breach:

The prodigy paradox: the child prodigies view on educational challenge:

Fatherhood brings much beauty into one's life: here is one such moment with Tiarnan:

Child prodigies find it hard, in some countries, to get an education, the UK provides an example:

Sometimes it is hard to know where to go for information on the internet - here are some links to useful gifted resources. This will expand over time.

True success is rarely found by people - because they approach it the wrong way, here is a better way:

Are all children gifted? Some PC spokespeople would have you believe so. Here is my take:

On the value of patience when searching an internet site - blog or not:

Child prodigy is a little understood and little studied phenomenon. The academic authorities speak with little actual knowledge of the breed. So who is best to consult on the matter?

Some famous people attack child prodigy, using poorly constructed arguments, and weak reasoning. It is one element of the anti-gifted agenda that is found in many places. Here is my refutation of Malcolm Gladwell's recent attack on child prodigy:

Many of my blog readers read in detail each and every post and spend quite some time on the blog site. Here are the details of the present record-holders, stars of the blog reading world:

Malcolm Gladwell believes that only adults are gifted doers, and that gifted children are just "gifted learners". Ainan shows otherwise. Here I ask you to share your experiences about your gifted child:

The Boy Who Knew Too Much: A Child Prodigy - how my blog got its name:

Gifts run in families. One of my relatives has the gifts of a mathematical savant - but is profoundly gifted, as well. Here I tell a story about his savant-like gift in action:

For a discussion of what goes into an actor's talents, thespian genius and the difference between stage actors and film stars, please go to:

There are two basic types of thinker, the high IQ convergent thinker and the creative divergent thinker, here I discuss the differences and their uses in life and society:

I live in Singapore. This is a city about which people have a certain view - but it has other traits, too. Here I talk of two observations of Singapore - the people and the weather.

Tiarnan Hasyl Cawley is my nine month old son. He speaks at the most surprising moments, his little voice emerging from silence, without warning, as if to say: "Surprise!" Here I write of one such surprise:

All gifted children are special. Sometimes we are led to believe that they are just like the other gifted children. Not so. Here I speak of a fallacy in the way gifted children are viewed by psychologists:

My site is read by many different kinds of people, but one particular group is obvious: academics and their spouses at Universities and research institutes across the world. Here I speak of something I have observed about them:

Baby Tiarnan Hasyl Cawley is nine months and counting. Literally. (Though he began to do so some time ago, actually, this is my first post about it).

Sometimes it is the teacher who is the bully in school. Here is a success story of a gifted child whose parents took action:

Rembrandt is probably the greatest Dutch painter of all time. Here I take a brief look at him and his artistic gifts for reasons that will become clear in a later post:

Here I discuss two gifted cultures: America and Singapore and examine the differing emphasis placed on achievement and IQ in the two nations:

You can earn $20,000 USD per gifted family by appearing in a TV show on gifted children in the US. You must be a US resident to appear. Details follow:

A TV show documentary on gifted children and their families contacted me: here is a further post on the $20,000 USD opportunity for your family:

Differing educational cultures welcome gifted boys or girls in different ways. Here I write of how my gifted child, scientific child prodigy, Ainan Celeste Cawley has been welcomed, in Singapore:

President George W. Bush came to Singapore to give a speech addressed to the whole of South-East Asia - and to have pleasant dinner at the Istana (the Palace of Singapore):

Often gifted adults are not well treated in the work place: they are greeted with jealousy by their less gifted brethren - or sometimes worse. Here is one story of what can happen to a gifted working adult (example in Singapore):

Ainan Celeste Cawley is shows not only the nature of a prodigy, in being prodigious, but also the nature of a genius: in being creative, and thinking of new ideas, beyond what he knows. Here he invents the principle of optoelectronics, without prior knowledge of it:

For an account of Ainan Celeste Cawley's tendency to write pages and pages of chemical equations daily, in fullest detail:

Ainan Celeste Cawley has an interest in the history of science: how and why science came about

Tiarnan Hasyl Cawley, is a relatively verbal baby. Here he shows an understanding that different languages may be semantically equivalent, in a trilingual conversation:

Baby Tiarnan Hasyl Cawley is quite precocious in his movement, here he tackles walking upstairs, at nine months old:

Singapore is obsessed with science and technology. Here I write of a public science education initiative:

Ainan Celeste Cawley has been six for one whole year. This is an account of his seventh birthday party, with a space adventure theme:

Happy Thanksgiving America: I hope you had a great day!

Ainan Celeste Cawley is an incessant inventor of all things electrical, mechanical and chemical. Here I discuss his regular drawings/blueprints of new machines and devices:

One reader wondered in his search terms, how to tell if a child is a prodigy, here I answer him:

Creativity is the foundation of genius, but is it appreciated in the education system?

Genius is a mysterious and wonderful human attribute. It is the rarest of gifts - but is it correlated with IQ? Here Rembrandt is used as an example, to examine the issue:

Some see the wonder in our story and question whether the Cawley family is real. Here is my answer to those who puzzle at the tale of a prodigy and his family:

Every child dreams, but of what does a genius child dream? Here I tell of one dream of a child genius - or at least, a single remark from one:

Syahidah Osman and Valentine Cawley met by chance, ten years ago: here I comment on this anniversary.

A passion for numbers defines many who go on to become highly adept at mathematics, here I observe my child prodigy son, Ainan Celeste Cawley's response to numbers:

Genius is allied to social isolation and solitude. Are geniuses solitary figures? Here is my view on genius:

Leonardo Da Vinci may well be the greatest Universal Genius of all time. Here are his last words:

Ainan Celeste Cawley has an interest in geology, minerals and stones in general:

Ainan is replete with rare knowledge - and beautiful thoughts about it. Astronomy is one of his interests. Here is Ainan on our Sun and its hidden nature:

Fintan Nadym Cawley, three, is a boy of personal gifts. Here is a tale of how he took the role of a motivational speaker, one day, showing that he has social gifts that evidence emotional intelligence at work:

Tiarnan is an athletic baby. Here I write of another milestone in his motor development: walking downstairs unassisted - and an acrobatic feat that he does with a wall, a sofa and a split-level apartment:

Ainan Celeste Cawley, seven years, and two weeks, is a scientific child prodigy, with a liking of designing chemicals: here I speak of a recent molecular design:

Tiarnan Hasyl Cawley is a ten month old toddler - he is also rather quick of hand and eye. Here I tell of one example of his quickness - and his poor taste in food:

As babies grow, they gradually come to assert their own personalities. Here, Tiarnan shows that he knows what he wants and knows how to tell Daddy what to do:

Babies are usually unaware of the dangers of the world. Tiarnan, however, is different. Here he shows his alertness to what is dangerous - and does something about it.

Some parents over-timetable their children. Here I discuss the importance of play for a child's development:

If you have arrived off a search engine, in search of particular information, here is some advice about finding it, on my blog:

What is the difference between a "gifted child" and a child prodigy?

What is a genius? Is genius just high IQ?

How is a child prodigy perceived by the general public? How do they react to a prodigy's abilities?

The Pioneer 10 anomaly is a modern scientific mystery. Here is Ainan's first thought on it:

How is genius received by women?

Why do I write this blog?

Kindness: how valuable is it? Is it the greatest virtue?

Advice on the early speech of her child, at six weeks - and how to handle it:

Some people have misunderstood my question on Rousseau's observation, here I try to correct that:

My wife observed one good reason to marry a Caucasian (if you are Asian):

A true gift should emerge naturally from the child:

Some people are polymathically gifted: is this better than being of a single gift?

My policy on comment posts on my blog - a necessary good:

Fintan and the "Crocodile"

Merry Christmas everyone:

Fintan, three, is a very sweet boy. Here is his reaction to Christmas.

Is it better to be gifted and isolated or part of the "gifted community", well that depends...

Tiarnan is a perceptive child and a visual one, here we see him interpret a shadow:

An earthquake in Taiwan has disrupted internet connections in South-east Asia:

Ainan likes to build things - mini civil engineering projects. Here we learn of the fate of one project:

Fintan is ever the brave boy, here is a tale of his undauntedness:

Ainan is a molecular designer. Here he discusses one problem with his molecules:

Here is how we saw in the New Year with our three boys:

Tiarnan, eleven months, hails a taxi:

Back to school, for Ainan: some thoughts on primary school and the gifted.

On being a father of three:

Tiarnan, eleven months, goes vacuum cleaning:

Is education necessary for success?

Tiarnan has an eye for Art and an understanding of representation:

What is the demeanour of a young child prodigy like?

Is a big family bad for the IQ of its members?

Leonardo Da Vinci: did he see the world differently to others?

Tiarnan, in training:

The American and UK style education are different, here I look at some of the ways they differ:

Tiarnan's seeks out music - and reacts to it, emotionally:

Are online games an education...or a threat to it?

Tiarnan's first birthday party:

Some people get stressed easily, others are cool under pressure: which is Ainan?

Fintan shows his sweetness of nature in many ways, most days:

Are there any advantages to being a child prodigy?

How young can a child feel a sense of loss when someone is no longer around?

Tiarnan often manages to surprise with his understanding of the world, here is one example:

Prodigies and savants both possess remarkable abilities, but what is the difference between them?

Fintan can be wise in surprising ways, here he makes a social judgement:

Can a baby tell the time?

Who is the brightest child in the class?

The importance of a good teacher, for every child:

Elitism: a dangerous concept

How to go about homeschooling in a nation that has no tradition of it?

Some babies love to climb, a little too much, Tiarnan is one such:

Who does one turn to, to secure provision for one's gifted child? Well, how about one's Member of Parliament?

Singapore Parliament answers:

Are practical children and gifted children two different types?

What good is high IQ?

Who is a genius?

Ainan's admission into the Gifted Education Programme, Singapore:

Tiarnan invents the idea of an expletive:

How early can a child begin to read?

How do educational authorities behave towards parents? Here is Singapore in action:

The result of Ainan's Chemistry Conference:

Fintan sometimes says the unexpected:

The significance of the Year of the Golden Pig, for Singaporeans:

Raising a gifted child has unexpected costs:

Fintan has his own way of speaking and thinking - here is one anecdote:

Bestselling books for a genius boy:

At what age do children make alibis for themselves? Here Tiarnan does so:

What is President Bush's IQ? The IQ of leaders:

The Gifted Education Programme, Singapore, is interested in our son. Here are the latest developments:

The right to know about your child, in gifted education:

Tiarnan shows his personality when he meets "Sleeping Beauty":

The chemistry of charisma: Ainan at play

Do gifted children learn their observed quietness?

Ainan is to be "radically accelerated" - but is it really accelaration?

Fintan displays unusual social skills for one so young. Here he tries a bit of "personal coaching":

Tiarnan has developed an interesting view of his father:

Comparative education: how an American and a Singaporean High School compare:

Tiarnan is inventive in many ways. Here he invents the practical joke:

What does a boy genius read?

What is NUS High School?

The NUS High School meeting:

What people think of a child prodigy's father - one aspect:

How do people react to a child prodigy in Singapore?

Should child prodigies be given a chance to develop their skills?

Fintan has acute vision and powers of perception:

Fintan's powers of perception, further examined:

How should a gifted child be educated: broadly or deeply?

Ainan is ever experimenting. Here he surprises me:

Fintan, has many surprising qualities, here is one:

Ainan considers the future of science:

Who are the staff at NUS High School?

Life with Fintan is filled with funny moments, here is one:

The little Singaporean and the maid:

Tiarnan is beginning to show an interest in and ability for, Art:

Ainan has a solution to the Earth's environmental problems:

The great IQ con:

Tiarnan has good fine motor control, here he shows it, at work:

The Flynn Effect: are we all getting smarter?

I tried to comment on a Daily Mail story:

Tiarnan tries inter-species communication:

Of imagination and morality: a lesson from the classroom.

The Stanford University EPGY program comes to Singapore:

Tiarnan's speed of reaction, saves the day:

The Daily Mail censored my comment on their website. Do they have a policy of censorship?

There are unique difficulties in parenting a prodigy child:

Tiarnan knows his animals:

Fintan goes swimming, in his own way:

Raymond Ravaglia, of Stanford University's EPGY discusses the basic flaw in American education:

Fintan's perspective on the adult world:
Ainan experiments with walking on water, scientifically:

Child prodigies and the media, Ainan's experience:

Tiarnan invents a new way to climb:

The effect of fame on customer service:

The effect of fame: an encounter at a supermarket:

Tiarnan reacts to being in the news:

On estimating ratio IQ from developmental markers:

All examining Boards are not the same. Here's what happened when we found out:

How does ratio IQ estimation compare to IQ testing?
How to test for IQ, without taking a test for IQ:

Tiarnan is a brave boy, here he shows how:

How good is Ainan's comprehension of textbooks:

The gifted and the future of society:

Tiarnan tries Daddy's shoes:

Fintanism and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:

Singapore's IQ distribution and giftedness:

Singapore shopping: a land of smiles...but why?

Fintan's creative perception - seeing the world with artist's eyes:

The incommensurability of education systems:

Fintan experiences someone's cowardice in the playground:

Do geniuses always get credit for their work?

Hwa Chong Institution:

Singapore's experience of the gifted:

Can a child's imagination ever be too much?

Fintan spots a dinosaur in Singapore:

Ainan explores mathematics, for himself:

Why: "The Boy Who Knew Too Much"?

Why: "Perhaps too many gifts."?

Fintan's cartoon watching. What is special about it?

A dinosaur in Singapore:

Fintan's reaction to my blogging:

Does everyone reach out a helping hand to a prodigy?

How fast can a man move when his child is in danger?

Fintan shows his internal aesthetic:

Raffles Institution offer to help:

All rounders and specialists:

Those who will never understand the imaginative:

Reactions to Ainan in Indonesia:

Leonardo da Vinci's view of Humanity:

David Beckham, footballer, legend - and brilliant guy?

Tiarnan arranges time with his mummy:

Ainan's gum arabic flow experiment:

Tiarnan, the defiant:

Malay translations of blog posts:

Front page news, Malaysia:

A quiet trip to Nanyang Technological University, NTU, for Ainan:

Ainan's charity work day - his first volunteer experience:

The tyranny of examination grades:

Fintan the athletic child:

On taking several IQ tests - which result counts?

Tiarnan's concern for his Daddy:

Ainan, an unconscious actor?

Fintan and the secrets of the Sun:

Tiarnan and the piano:

IQ and wealth: Zagorsky study:

Searching for a tutor:

Karl Benz, child prodigy:

Tiarnan, the little policeman:

Raffles and the laboratory:

The value of child prodigies:

Tiarnan of the smile:

Fintan's world of the imagination:

What would the world be if the jealous held the reigns of policy?

Brotherly love and solidarity: Tiarnan's demonstration.

The art of communication, Tiarnan style:

Careers advice for a gifted child: lessons from Syahidah's life:

Who does Valentine Cawley look like? A celebrity search:

Further photographic correlations of Valentine Cawley:

Intellectual stars and national success:

Leonardo da Vinci: musician:

Speed learning practical chemistry:

Welcome readers from Italy:

The importance of personality:

Child safety: window grilles are a life-saver. Here is Tiarnan's reason why:

Is sweetness of character innate? Fintan's example:

Berita Harian, Singapore: front page news, again:

Ainan invents mathematical theories and formula:

Babelfish translation:

A day out at Singapore Zoo:

Technorati ranking for scientific child prodigy:

A close encounter of the Bird Kind.

Albert Einstein on gifted isolation:

20 Minutos (the leading Spanish daily by readership) on Ainan:

Genetic discrimination against the gifted:

Are children image conscious?

Giftedness and "palm-reading":

The meaning of a child who paces:

What is a savant?

Does water boil at room temperature?

Tiarnan's love of nature:

The need for greater empathy:

Delayed gratification and achievement:

Fintan sings his own songs:

Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss, Child Prodigy:

Tiarnan's hungry tummy - and his solution:

On being an academic reference:

La Vanguardia, Spain - coverage of Ainan:

A high IQ promotes longevity:

When advice, is not advice:

La Stampa, Italy on Ainan:

Speed of processing and exams:

The importance of attribution:

The tale of a cowboy hat:

Are geniuses ever satisfied?

News in the Philippines, in People Tonight:

Genius and academic success:

The tyranny of tests, UK style:

Encouraging and discouraging creativity:

Fintan's fourth birthday:

Tiarnan and the colours of the world:

Tiarnan and the meaning of Art:

Starting at NUS High:

Prodigies and their parents:

Educational testing and intellectual performance:

Tiarnan's taste in food:

The Universality of intelligence:

The problem with Universities:

NUS High: Is education appropriate?

Let children play:

Gifted people in Australia:

Is there news of Ainan in Venezuala?

Ainan on the origin of life:

Death on the roads, Fintan's view:

On haircuts and conformity:

The early signs of an artist:

NUS High School responds to Ainan's situation:

Volksblad, the South African newspaper, writes of Ainan:
Ainan counts calories:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Ainan's and Fintan's reaction:

Ainan speaks out on scientific responsibility:

Tiarnan tests the temperature, in his own way:

IQ and testosterone in children, the correlations:

Tiarnan and the natural world:

Fintan on teaching reading:

The country where love is banned:

The Open University is closed:

Is school food junk food?

Fintan's school report:

Genius and long-term relationships:

Does Singapore value diversity?

Of bondage and educational servitude:

Language school, Singapore, Tiarnan style:

Ainan's recipe for Fish and Chips:

Mira Sorvino and scientific fame:

Teresa Hsu, Singaporean Supercentenarian:

Of genius, wealth and poverty:

Ainan's love of abstruse chemicals:

A life of achievement:

Genetic determination of all giftedness:

Can Britain survive trash culture?

International Left-handers' Day, August 13:

School food and allergy management:

Social skills in toddlers:

Left-handedness and divergent thinking:

Does College make you fat?:

Children and pet animals:

The infinity of chemical knowledge:

The mystery of the disappearing lettuce:

What does early college mean?

Self-perception of toddler:

Construction of the Grand Snail Hotel:

The gifted and the standardized classroom:
Does Singapore value copyright?

Odex and Pacific Net, Singapore - further comment:

Hafiz Osman, Syahidah's brother, wins the Winston Oh Art Award:

The closure of the Intelligent Singaporean, blog aggregator:

The true nature of personality:

The quality of memory - incidental knowledge:

Time Magazine: Are we failing our geniuses?

The fall of snail kingdom:

This is my five hundredth post:

Odex, Pacific net and Gamesmart:

Fintan knows his toys:

Tiarnan and the beetle:

High five, Tiarnan style:

The birth of scepticism:

IQ and the politics of science:

Changi Airport, Singapore: Hafiz Osman's flight

Tiarnan shows his athleticism:

It is never too late to live:

When education becomes abusive:

A science prodigy's comedic sense:

Child Prodigy Schools: an educational trend.

The pace of education for the gifted:

In homeschooling permission limbo:

Tiarnan's emotional response:

SMRT unfair taxi fare:

Natural hairstyle and individuality:
Was William Shakespeare a writer?

Tiarnan and the public bar:

The amazing Super Moths of Singapore:
Seeking a Chemistry lab in Singapore:

First anniversary of Prodigy Blog:

Childhood imagination and acting on the stage:

O.J. Simpson: fame and invulnerability:

Progress on homeschooling in Singapore:

The mysterious genius of Athens:

The study of geography:

The strange vocabulary of Tiarnan Cawley:

On accepting the testimony of others:

Artfriend and customer service in Singapore:

The value of Science in Singapore:

The No Child Left Behind Act: Is Bush One?

Kenji Nagai APF videojournalist in Burma:

Listen to the children:

Famous inventors, John Boyd Dunlop:

Lost and missing comment posts:

The brain of Neanderthal Man:

Daddy is on a roll:

Akiane Kramarik, a child prodigy artist?

A child's book shelf:

Irish roots go deep into history:

Computer software and the child:

Does anyone think anymore?:

The importance of creativity:

The best party in the world:

Doris Lessing, Nobel Prize for Literature:

Hogwarts Castle - J K Rowling sues:

Gerhard Ertl, Nobel Prize Winner for Chemistry, 2007:

The origins of the Irish people:

Eternal Child Hunger Pangs:

Freedom of Speech and the United States:

Little Boy, Big Heart:

Youth Olympic Games, 2010, IOC:

Tale of a zebra print:

International Olympic Committee blog visit:

Parenting a gifted child, anxious moments:

The dangers of mobile phones:

Recent UFO sighting Singapore:

Singapore Book of World Records:

Celebrity sighting on a train:

Chance meeting with a "family friend":

Jealousy at NUS High School:

Does anyone read anymore?:

Happy Birthday, Syahidah:

The Diamond Hope, VLCC, a Supertanker:

Happy Halloween, everyone:

The best students in Singapore:

Lost property in Singapore, Ainan style:

A successful children's party, the signs:

The beginnings of sibling rivalry:

A global search for a University:

Traffic surge from the Netherlands, Austria and Germany:

Friendship between species: a love of animals:

The flipside of reservation in the classroom:

The notationally gifted:

Noise pollution and modern life:

How to measure the world:

A little shop of horrors:

On the life of an expat:

The 2006 Pisa Survey on OECD education:

Does Japan have a future?:

Fast food and young children:

Life purpose for a genius:

Chimps' maths skills rival humans':

Heath Ledger, film actor, dead at 28, in NYC, some observations:

Is Singapore an uncaring society?

The luck of the half-Irish:

"Child Prodigy Veterinarian", Courtney Oliver, 10:

Lee Kuan Yew reconsiders population:

Chemistry experiments beyond the book:

Gong xi fa cai: Happy Chinese New Year!

Record Breakers Singapore Edition TV Show:

A toddler on working life in Singapore:

The super puzzle solver of Singapore:

Gary Gygax, inventor of Dungeons and Dragons, dies:
On sensitivity and toughness:

August Rush, Child Prodigy Musician:

Long term ambition for children:

The generosity of Singaporean education:

The David Beckham of Singapore:

Interdimensional travel for a toddler:
St. Patrick's Day Parade, Singapore:

Little Master Mischief:

Arthur C. Clarke dies:

The failure of the Copernican revolution:

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Blogger Ronny said...

You sound like a caring and thoughtful man. I'm glad your sons, prodigy or otherwise, have a decent father such as yourself.

Of course, I think that your background can help you understand them better. But I know from anecdotal and personal experience that it is the character of the father more than his brilliance that will help the child.

My father told me that one of the heads of the Neurological department at John Hopkins, was an African American that grew up in Harlem. His mother made certain that he learned to work hard and apply himself in his studies.

His mother was also illiterate.

While I've never confirmed this anecdote, it has the "ring of truth" as far as I am concerned.

I do not mean to minimize your accomplishments. However, I think that for all your gifts, your decency stands out. I suspect your children would agree.


11:48 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

I am touched by your comment Ron.

Yes, I would agree that the character of the parents is very important, too: for that determines how warm, welcoming, and supportive is the home culture. (Or not, as the case may be).

I am glad to have read your words.

Best wishes to you

12:51 PM  
Blogger Lida said...

Thank you so much for writing this blog. It has been an insightful read and strikes into the heart of the matter, especially your posts on teachers and how society seems to band together against anyone with a shred of brainpower. I see the latter exhibited everyday at my high school. Sadly enough, I believe I have been one of those gifted people who have withdrawn after being confronted by a teacher for not being a good student while getting some of the best grades in the class (coincidentally in Singapore as well; I have since moved to the US).

I am commenting to thank you for your hard work. It has been an enlightening experience.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thanks Lida for your comment. I am glad to know that you find my words of help.

Yes, societies in general are very wrong about their treatment of the intelligent. It is a great pity and does immeasurable damage to the gifted themselves - and to society as a whole.

Best wishes in the US

11:36 AM  
Anonymous AJ said...

I found your blog while researching for a cause/effect research paper on the topic of why smart kids are teased by other children, yet are more encouraged by/as adults, and I love what you've written! I remember very well when I was in grade school I was teased a lot, probably for being smart and different in many ways. It probably would have grown a lot worse by junior high if my parents hadn't pulled me and my brothers out of school and started homeschooling us.

To be honest, I'm so glad I was homeschooled. Being above average in intelligence, I was able to learn at my own rate without being criticized or put down for being a smartie. That helped me slowly become my own person and befriend others like me. Now, I'm attending a high school with other smart kids where I'm also free to be myself. I mean, having only 360 kids in the student body, almost all, if not all of whom are above average intelligence and have our own little quirks, is truly a great thing.

I wish the best for you and your family. I hope Ainan is able to put his great, rare skills to good use now and in the future. Like you've said in many of your posts, he's one in a thousand; I hope he lives up to his full potential. :)

10:26 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thank you AJ for your comment. I am glad that you have found a likeness to your own experience here (although, in a way, I wish it wasn't so!). I hope you draw support from it.

It is good that you are now in a more welcoming and supportive environment: that is very important for a gifted person to find (many don't, sadly).

Your warm wishes regards Ainan are appreciated. (However, prodigy is much rarer than one in a thousand...!)

Good luck with your research paper.

Best wishes

11:06 AM  
Anonymous AJ said...

You're welcome. :)

Also, I have one question to ask: May I use your blog as a source in my paper? There are several blog posts you have written that I would like to paraphrase or quote in it. If I can, it would be appreciated. :)

11:19 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Dear AJ,

You may quote from the blog as long as you state that Valentine Cawley is the author of the quotation and attribute the source, as well, to my blog name and URL. I prefer not to be paraphrased in case you have misunderstood/misconstrued me.

What is the paper for? Could you mail me a copy when you have completed it? I would be interested in reading it.


2:59 PM  
Blogger artist said...

I found your blogs fascinating! I was wondering if you have thought about somehow enrolling your oldest son in some advanced classes that would be more stimulating and maybe meet more of his intellectual needs?

6:49 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thanks. I am glad you enjoy my blog.

Getting suitable provision for Ainan is an ongoing battle: institutions can be very resistant to an unusual case like this. That being said, he is doing laboratory chemistry courses at Singapore Polytechnic, which he finds valuable.

Happy reading.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your blog is amazing. it is especiallu interesting to read some of the post and think back on my own childhood. this info is especially illuminating in the face of the profound neglect of genius is low income, and minority environments. alot of time the genius is funneled into the wrong things or the parents just cant seem to understand them. i think you should write a book because from my own experience, its very painful to feel that you are gifted and not have people understand that you are just different.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thank you for your kind comment.

Yes, the experience of giftedness can be a painful one, no matter what your background - but especially painful if that background is poor or uneducated.

You are probably right that a book would be of help to many people...we will see.

Kind regard

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there, i think the problem is that the educational institutions in Singapore just can't cope with anything other than rote taught automatons. We hope the situation with regards to education improves here soon and begins to resemble that in the first world countries.
Then there will be space for gifted children.

10:30 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

The present situation is a pity. You see there IS a space for gifted children in this world. It is called "Australia", "The United States", "Canada", etc. That is where Singaporean gifted kids are going...they are leaving Singapore because Singapore doesn't give a damn about them. (The Gifted Education Programme is an utter our experience with them shows.) When gifted children can't get their needs met, here, not infrequently, they move elsewhere. We know of a gifted young mathematician who has gone to the US because Singapore was being obstructive.

Singapore is not doing the right thing, by gifted children.

Thanks for your comment.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I watched the TV programme about the world's cleverest children on UK television with interest tonight. My one reservation with gifted youngsters is they often seem to be loners with no real life but I noticed Ainan playing with his classmates which is encouraging and so important in my humble opinion, which is why I don't always agree with home schooling as their is that loss of interaction with your peers and a danger that the child may grow to be lacking somewhat in social situations. I also worry they may burn out early and become rebellious, wasting their talent in later life.
What you are trying to do is wonderful as many fathers nowadays are not much more than sperm donors.
Off topic I know but if I may so say so your son is quite beautiful.

Best Wishes


7:52 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thank you Phil for your kind words.

It is good to get a reaction from a viewer of The World's Cleverest Child and Me. I haven't seen it but I am glad that it was balanced enough to show Ainan at play with his many friends. He is a popular child, despite his special gifts. I am aware that in some countries (most?) he would be shunned for those very same attributes. Luckily, that is not so, at present, here.

You are right in thinking most gifted children to be lonely: they are. Ainan has so far avoided that fate.

Not all homeschooled kids are without friends, it just depends on how you arrange their social lives.

Thank you for remark re. his appearance: people who have met him, do remark on that. I think he is lucky to have beauty as well as intelligence - it probably makes more socially acceptable than he otherwise would be.

Best wishes to you in the UK.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, I always find much comfort within this blog. I was not a child prodigy, I am only a polymathic teenager... However there is so much to be seen in your family which I can relate with to such a degree that I not only feel understood, but also share your parental joys and surprises while fondly remebering how I would have acted at so young an age.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

It makes me happy to learn that you find nourishment in my words. It is good, indeed, to find others, in this world, who share, to some degree, one's intellectual experiences...otherwise it can be a rather isolating factor.

Best wishes to you on your polymathic ways!

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, whoever you folks are.

I envy your kids. I was a geper in the Land of No Chewing Gum.

I started coding in C++ at 11. I was told to concentrate on my studies and to stop doing things that would not get me anywhere. I regret not quitting school.

At the ripe age of 21, I am still stuck in law school and impoverished beyond belief.

I'm glad that you're supportive of your kids and not dumbing them down, and wish more parents in this country would be like that.

1:52 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

I am sorry to hear of your experience. You should follow what you most wish to do, whether or not you are supported in it - if at all possible.

Thank you for your kind words and I wish you well.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Valentine,

I used to post under "Carina" but had problems with the Google Account. I then used my middle name to post here (Maria). I now made another account and hope it works.

Reading your guide, I started to wonder whether Ainan ever uses the internet. Does he research and look for information there?

Do you think that children like him will ever be interested in social networks such as Facebook for example?

Kind regards,

6:06 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Hi Carina (Maria),

Yes. Ainan uses the internet a LOT...but he does NOT use social networks. There is, however, someone impersonating him, on the internet. We reported it to the police - but, as usual, Singapore's police did nothing (they never do, it seems).

So, don't bother with the Ainan impersonator online...he is not real.

Thank you for asking.

Kind regards


7:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Valentine,

thank you for your response.

I don't anticipate any problems with this account so you'll be able to recognise me easily. :)

Thank you for the information regarding "Ainan's" (non-existent) Facebook profile. One can quite easily guess that this is not Ainan's real profile since he is probably not married to Albert Fiana and doesn't have a daughter named Emily Thanatos either. I'm sure that his early development doesn't reach that far...

This is the "About me" information that this person posted about Ainan:

"My full name is Ainan Celeste Cawley. Or... Full version :
Prof. Ainan Cawley Ph.D (LOL)

Exact freaker from age 6, a lecture, and a child. Love detective story, sudoku, and puzzle.

i'm just ordinary people in complicated universe."

"Mathematics is God language, and physics is apart of life."

If you report the profile to Facebook and tell them that it's not Ainan's, they might delete the profile or at least ask the person to change the displayed name.

Kind regards,


7:34 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

How irritating that Ainan's impersonator should be an illiterate. Anyone who is fooled by this foolish person can only have Ainan diminished in their eyes.

We will contact Facebook. Thank you.

Kind regards

12:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're very welcome. I agree with you. It's very irritating.

7:09 PM  
Blogger virginiagunawan said...

Talking about Facebook, there are LOTS of account named Ainan Celeste Cawley (some are misspelled, however).

Not only Ainan; there is also a group named 'Fintan Cawley Child Hero' and the 'About Me' section says:

A story sent to me by Fintan's mummy:

Fintan Cawley, Child Hero
How young can a hero be? What is heroism? Where does it come from?

From watching my child, Fintan Nadym Cawley, twenty, I would say that a toddler or a baby can be a hero. If the child is able to understand the idea of danger and is able to make a decision to face that danger in order to help another, at personal risk to themselves, then that child is a hero.

Fintan Nadym Cawley is a hero. He is only twenty years old, but he has the characteristics that make up a hero. I have often noted his courage in his daily play, in the situations he gets into, and the way he reacts to them. He is not afraid. He is not tearful. Indeed, in some situations in which other children would be crying, he is laughing, as if thrilled to be facing the challenge and enjoying doing so.

Today I will give one sweet example. His elder brother, Ainan Celeste Cawley, twenty two, had been walking down the road near his grandmother's house, when, suddenly, and without any forewarning, a dog leapt forward from a house with an open gate - and started barking aggressively at him. Ainan was startled and frightened, for the dog was large, the bark was loud and ferocious - and the gate was open. He ran away as fast as he could, bursting into tears at the shock as he did so. The dog did not make chase beyond the territory of his house grounds, however - though how was Ainan to know that he wouldn't? He thought he was about to be savaged by a dog let free.

Ainan Celeste Cawley's reaction is understandable. Any child faced with sudden personal danger and fright of that kind, from an animal larger than themselves, would cry. Fintan Nadym Cawley's reaction however, was of a very different kind.

"What happened Abang?" he asked concernedly. Abang means "older brother".

Ainan explained about the dog's sudden seeming attack.

Fintan was at once emboldened - and outraged. "Where? Where is it?", he demanded, his head turning and already looking around for something that he wanted. "I will kill it with my stroller!", he vowed, his stocky body filled with resolution and certainty of will.

"No Fintan!" we cried as one and moved forward to restrain him. For Fintan Nadym Cawley, would, undoubtedly, have taken his stroller and proceeded along the road to challenge the dog - and punish it for what it had done to his beloved Abang, Ainan Celeste Cawley.

We were touched, by this display of brotherly love - and bravery.

Where was Fintan's fear? Why was he unafraid to challenge a dog that was many times his weight and bulk, all teeth and bark? In Fintan the affront he felt that his beloved brother should be so upset, so endangered, denied the possibility of fear: it simply did not well up in him, as it would in others. All he was concerned about was the need to protect his brother - and right this wrong.

Ainan Celeste Cawley, is a scientific child prodigy - but his younger brother Fintan Nadym Cawley is a hero - and I don't think either is more special than the other. Both characteristics define them as special, in differing, but equally important ways. One is a gift of the mind, the other a gift of character. Depending on the demands of a situation one becomes more important than another, but, in absolute terms, neither is supreme: both are valuable qualities in a man, for one day, both will be men: one a genius, the other a hero. I am happy with that.
By Mummy Cawley

10:36 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Dear Virginia,

Thanks for the pointer. I have just done a search for "Ainan Cawley" on Facebook and I am shocked to note the plethora of fake accounts. Ainan does NOT have a Facebook account. It seems there are many people trading on his name to build themselves social lives online...fake social lives built on a false premise. It is quite disturbing. I wonder what they say to people? Do they really fool people? Are they damaging Ainan's reputation by being less than he is?

The Fintan Cawley site is funny...because it was put up by University friends of ANOTHER Fintan Cawley - a 22 year old University student, as a send up, of him. So, that one, I don't mind. They have lifted a story off my site and adapted it to his life. It is meant as a fond jest.

Thanks for letting me know of the Facebook situation...I am going to have to contact them.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

This comment is for the person from the Colleges of the Fenway, Boston Massachusetts, who wrote a rather offensive post last night.

Firstly, I find you rather deluded in thinking that I have received many comments like yours. In fact, yours is the only comment of its ilk that I have received. You seem rather egotistical to assume that many others think as you do. They don't.

I note you searched for the life story of Gauss - yet you express antipathy to a living prodigy. Thus you hold both interest in finding out about a prodigy, but ill feelings towards the idea of one too. Perhaps you could seek therapy for your inner conflict.

Given your evident dislike of prodigy, I am led to wonder whether your college is a sanctuary for mediocrity...since in my experience, only mediocrities hold views such as yours.

10:32 AM  

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