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 +

Saturday, October 13, 2007

The origins of the Irish people

My post on “Irish roots go deep into History” attracted one very intense response from a man who argued against it. I am not going to post his remark, because it is so misleading. He had the temerity to tell me which paper I had supposedly taken the data from – a completely different paper, by different authors, that completely omitted the evidence that the authors of the paper I had referred to, had uncovered. He seemed to think I was either misreading what I had supposedly read, or misrepresenting it: not so, to both.

The paper I referenced in my article is called: Y-Chromosome Variation and Irish Origins, published in Nature, by Dr. Emmeline W. Hill, Dr. Mark A. Jobling and Dr. Daniel G. Bradley. The work was done at Trinity College, Dublin, in Ireland, by the Department of Genetics, there.

The commenter stated that the Irish were of Medieval origins. This is, in fact, an old misconception that was formed without knowledge of the Haplogroup 1 distributions and what they imply. His view cannot explain why there is a gradient of Haplogroup 1 across Europe. It cannot explain why this most ancient of DNA is so dominant in Western Ireland. The only conclusion is that the Irish are descended of the pre-Neolithic hunters who lived in Europe before the farmers came from the South-East. Were this not so, there would be no way to explain why Irish people bear the pre-Neolithic DNA, Haplogroup 1, in such a high proportion (up to 98.3 % of them in Western Ireland).

So, my post, "Irish roots go deep into history." stands uncorrected. Every statement made in it is justified by the study of Dr. Emmeline Hill and colleagues, above.

(If you would like to learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged seven years and ten months, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, four years and three months, and Tiarnan, twenty months, please go to: I also write of gifted education, IQ, intelligence, the Irish, the Malays, College, University, Chemistry, Science, genetics, left-handedness, precocity, child prodigy, child genius, baby genius, adult genius, savant, gifted adults and gifted children in general. Thanks.)

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