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 +

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Tiarnan and the "animals"

Tiarnan is eleven months old but, in that short time, he seems to have picked up quite a bit of general knowledge.

Yesterday, Syahidah, his mother, drew on his elder brother's face, with make up: it was an animal face.

On seeing Fintan's made up face, Tiarnan said: "Tiger". Spot on.

Later in the day, as Fintan wore a different set of make up, Tiarnan said: "Dog", on seeing him. Again, he got it right.

I found it interesting that he could see the representation of the animal face in a few lines of make up - and understand what was meant by those lines. That is the beginnings of understanding of art.

(If you would like to read more about Tiarnan and his gifted brothers, Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, and Fintan, three, please go to: I also write of gifted education, intelligence, IQ, child prodigy, child genius, adult genius, baby genius, savant, the creatively gifted, gifted adults and gifted children in general. Thanks.)

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