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 +

Monday, December 11, 2006

Words of Warning: sense of danger

Tiarnan Hasyl Cawley is a ten month old baby. Yesterday, while he was standing safely in the basement carpark of our apartment and his brothers were playing on the road adjacent to it, he noted the coming of a car, on their road.

"Car!" he shouted, in warning, his head turning to where the boys would be, if only he could see them, up the stairs in the way. "Car!" he shouted, again. "Car!"

Tiarnan understood that the car was dangerous to the boys and that they needed to be warned. It was inspiring to see him understand this - but also touching, for his first thought was for his brothers' safety.

It shows a certain complexity of thinking, that he should understand the situation - for it meant that he was able to put himself in the shoes of his brothers. Tiarnan was not on the road. Tiarnan was not in danger - but his brothers WERE on the road and WERE in danger. That he understood this, meant that he was able to take their perspective - and did so pretty quickly. This shows a great awareness of what is going on around him - and an understanding of it.

(If you would like to read about Tiarnan's gifted brothers, including Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged seven years and two weeks, please go to: I also write of child prodigy, child genius, adult genius, savant, the creatively gifted, gifted adults and gifted children in general. Thanks.)

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