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 +

Friday, March 09, 2007

Who is the hero of the story?

Fintan, like many three year olds, is rather fond of superheroes. Superman is his favourite - but he likes others, too. He knows their true names, as well. You may recall, for instance, that the true identity of Spiderman, is a gentleman called Peter Parker.

Yesterday, Fintan was reading a book with his mother. For him, it was a new book. It was one of the Ladybird series.

Like many Ladybird books, it concerned a boy and a girl, and deals with the simple things of everyday life.

When it came to reading the protagonist's name, Fintan suddenly exclaimed: "What is Spiderman doing in this book?"

Syahidah understood at once for, of course, the character's name was Peter...Spiderman's first name.

It was a classic moment of Fintanism.

(If you would like to read more about Fintan, three, or his gifted brothers, Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged seven years and three 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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