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, November 30, 2007

How to measure the world

Fintan, four, has a certain view of his Daddy. Today, a little bit of that view became clear.

We were in Takashimaya shopping centre one floor up from the ground, looking at a Christmas tree that stood in front of us, above us, and below us. Our floor meant we were level with its mid-section.

Fintan looked at the tree, looked upwards and downwards and remarked:

"The tree is bigger than Daddy!" His voice was filled with wonder that there should be anything in the world bigger than Daddy.

I was touched. For him, I must seem to be a giant indeed - and for him, I am the basic unit of "bigness" against which all other big things are measured. An object is only truly big, if it is bigger than the biggest person he knows: his own Daddy.

(If you would like to learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged eight years and no months, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, four years and five months, and Tiarnan, twenty-two 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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