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, May 31, 2008

What kind of intelligence do you have?

You may have heard of Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences. First proposed in 1983, it suggested that rather than just one type of general intelligence, g, there were seven types of intelligence to be found in individuals, to varying degrees. These intelligences are: linguistic, logical-mathematical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, spatial, musical and bodily-kinesthetic. Later, in 1999, he added naturalistic intelligence (intelligence relating to understanding of the natural world). He is debating, still, whether there is also an existential intelligence. (The ability to ponder the deeper questions of life, death and everything).

Now, you may have wondered, sometimes, what your own particular profile of intelligences looked like. Well, now you can find out. I have stumbled on an online test to determine your individual profile of intelligences. It is called Rogers Indicator of Multiple Intelligences.

It is to be found at:

Just do the test, honestly, and it will tell you what your predominant type of thinking is and score you on the relative strength of each area. In my own test, verbal skills and intrapersonal intelligence (knowing oneself) were scored at 100% and everything else was highly rated. This indicates that my intelligences are rounded and well-developed in general. Some people have one or two over-riding strengths, with relative weaknesses in other areas: everyone is different.

Apparently, my own strengths lend themselves well to being an author, a speaker, a poet, an entrepreneur, a philosopher, a psychologist and a teacher, among other things. (Those were the predominant strengths...there were others).

So, have fun with the test. Feel free to comment if you discover anything interesting.

(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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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 9:41 PM 


Blogger Miao said...

I recommend this website:

There are several IQ tests, including one that measures your main area(s) of intelligence. Some test are apparently PhD-certified, though I am not sure whether it is really true. Nevertheless, I personally find their tests to be more reliable than others.

1:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was fun. More of an "intelligence style" test than an IQ test since it just took my word for it that I have a good musical sense without literally testing me on it with a series of MP3s. The results were unsurprising. It called me verabal/linguistic and musical/rythmic with a sharp dropoff in other areas. I'm not well rounded at all. But I can talk-talk-talk all night while identifying whatever piece of music is playing in the background. Just don't ask me to catch a ball or talk about the economy using actual equations.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Syahidah and Valentine said...

You would seem to be perfectly suited to life as a DJ, a music journalist, or critic of some kind.

Yes, the test is about intelligence style - but if you answer it honestly, it will give you an accurate picture of who you are - and the relative strengths that you have. It will have the same shape as an actual functional test across all domains (which would take much, much longer to do) would reveal. That is, of course, if you are honest with yourself - that is all that it takes for this test to be accurate - a bit of personal objectivity.

Thank you for your comment...and having such an interest in music certainly makes life sweeter.

Best wishes

7:46 PM  

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