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 +

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Tiarnan and the colours of the world

Tiarnan, just turned seventeen months, seems to be absorbing information without us being quite aware of where his information comes from.

Yesterday, for instance, there was an intently coloured decoration beside me. I pointed it out to Tiarnan since that colour is rarely found in the environment: "Purple", I said, to him.

Since we seemed to be in the colour pointing business, Tiarnan had a most apt reply to my example. He leant over and looked behind him and pointed at a bag. "Red." he said. It was indeed, a red bag. Funny boy.

(If you would like to learn more of Tiarnan, seventeen months, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, just turned four, or Ainan Celeste Cawley, seven years and seven 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 children and gifted adults in general. Thanks.)

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