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 09, 2007

Online video interview with the Cawleys

There is an online video interview, on an internet news portal catering to the Chinese market, but in English, apart from commentary. It might be of interest to you.

It is found at:

It consists of an interview with myself, some footage of Ainan (not interviewed directly since he is rather camera shy - like many a seven year old, of course), and Professor Tim White of the Nanyang Technological University who is very familiar with Ainan and his gifts.

(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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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 10:08 AM 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this.

I wish you luck with your search for a university.


11:07 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thank you for your well wishes. We, too, hope the search will end well.

Best wishes

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with your comments about gifted children facing greater problems today.

I believe that times are changing and that there is a greater awareness of the needs of gifted children. Things are changing slowly though.

In Germany a gifted child has to attend a private school for the gifted or special schools catering to the needs of the gifted because "normal" schools cannot always accomodate them.

If a parent does not have the money to send their child to a private school there may not be much that can be done. Some schools are supportive and are committed to helping the child. Others see them as trouble makers because they continually ask questions for example.

I think losing interest is dangerous to the child's or even older person's development. If there is not enough stimulation there is a real danger that a person can "turn off".

I think it's wonderful that you challenge your children and help them grow into everything that they can be.

Best Wishes,

5:02 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thank you Carinan, for taking the time to view the video then to return to my blog to comment on what you have seen.

Yes, we live in difficult times for the gifted - but only the gifted and their parents seem to realize it.

I hope that it improves, soon...globally. However, that is likely to take too much time. It might be a generation or two before true change is seen.

The ability of parents to meet the needs of gifted children, should never be dependant on money. Gifted doesn't mean rich. A supportive education for the gifted should, therefore, be freely and widely available.

Best wishes to you

10:17 AM  

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