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 +

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Mas Selamat Kastari in the eyes of a child.

Overseas readers might not know who Mas Selamat Kastari is, so I should explain. He is a suspected terrorist, who had been imprisoned as a potential danger to society, who managed to escape detention, in Singapore, a couple of months ago.

So, what would a young child think of this situation and this man?

Fintan, four, revealed his thinking today. He pointed at one of the posters that have appeared all over Singapore of Mas Selamat Kastari and said, to his mother: "Who is this guy? He is everywhere. Is he important?"

It was a funny moment. It was interesting to see that even a four year old noticed the oddness of a man having his face posted everywhere. He had deduced, too, that he must be important - which, in a sense, he is.

It seems strange that even a four year old recognizes Mas Selamat now. That seems to indicate that there is not much chance of him hiding in Singapore - yet, he remains at large. This would seem to suggest that he is not in Singapore at all...for he cannot even hide from four year old eyes, now.

What an odd world we are creating for our little ones to observe - a world in which suddenly a man's face is everywhere who had previously not been seen at all. No wonder my four year old son thinks it is peculiar.

(If you would like to learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged eight years and five months, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, four years and ten months, and Tiarnan, twenty-seven months, please go to: I also write of gifted education, IQ, intelligence, the Irish, the Malays, Singapore, College, University, Chemistry, Science, genetics, left-handedness, precocity, child prodigy, child genius, baby genius, adult genius, savant, wunderkind, wonderkind, genio, гений ребенок prodigy, genie, μεγαλοφυία θαύμα παιδιών, bambino, kind, niño, gênio criança, gifted adults and gifted children in general. Thanks.)

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