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, March 25, 2007

Tiarnan reacts to being in the news

On the 23rd March 2007, the Cawley family was front page news in the Straits Times, as many of you know. How did Tiarnan react?

He saw the paper on the breakfast table and looked rather surprisedly at the image of his brother, Ainan. He peered closer, then his eyes flicked across the page to me: "Dadda!", he said...then finally he saw himself and he looked at his mother and smiled bemusedly.

He seemed to understand that it was strange to be in the paper. He had seen this object every day for fourteen months of his life...and to see himself on it and his family, clearly struck him as unusual.

Oddly, when the next round of journalists were here, I saw him shaking his head to himself, with a big smile, obviously amused and bemused by what was going on. I think, somewhere inside him, he had made the connection between the presence of the journalists and the appearance in the newspaper. At least that is the tale of his facial expression.

He seems to be able to make connections between causally related events, very well, even if separated in time: an indication of both memory and intelligence, at work.

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

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