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, November 10, 2007

In need of a Babel Fish Translator

Have you ever been to Slovenia? I haven't.

Have you ever met anyone from Slovenia? I haven't.

Yet, today someone from Slovenia searched for me, on the internet, by name and arrived on this blog.

I am struck by the interconnectedness of the modern world. I begun to communicate, using this blog, just over a year ago, on September 19th 2006 - but since then I have had visitors from every country on Earth that is above subsistence level - and some which still are. It really is astonishing.

Over the past few days, news of Ainan's search for a University has penetrated a veritable babel of languages. I have seen articles written in what I think must be "Slovenian" (if Slovenia has its own language), Azerbaijani (same comment), Polish, German, Dutch, and Flemish. Those are just the ones I have noticed. There may be others. Countries that have signalled themselves to me, through unusual blog activity include the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Slovenia, and Poland. No-one from Azerbaijan has visited. Maybe they don't have internet connections.

Anyway, wherever you are from, and however you heard of this blog: welcome. There is much to read here.

Given the geographic diversity of visitors, you might wish to make use of the Babelfish translator in the upper left of this blog.

Yet, it is refreshing to observe that the idea behind the Tower of Babel, in the Bible - that all peoples of the world would be divided by their different languages, no longer seems to apply. Yes, there are many languages in the world, and visitors to this blog speak scores of different ones - but successful communication has occurred across these language boundaries - otherwise they wouldn't be visiting the blog in the first place.

So we live in a world in which the Tower of Babel still towers - but we understand each other all the same. There is promise in that, of a more understanding world, a more unified one.

(If you would like to learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged seven years and eleven months, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, four years and four months, and Tiarnan, twenty-one 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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Blogger l said...

:) Hey I'm from Slovenia and yes, we have our own little language! I was probably the one you noticed in your stats! Looking forward to reading more on your blog. I'm very interested in the topic. Oh and I have to plug something interesting at this point: my project: -> it will probably be another month or two until it works, but you can already enter the email.. this is going to be the ultimate tool for fast learning of any vocabulary (slovenian included ;)

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