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 +

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Superhuman Genius Documentary ITV1 and ITV2

Last night, Ainan, eight, appeared in a documentary on ITV1 in the UK, entitled "Superhuman Genius". He was one of five people featured, including the American savant, Kim Peek, the American child prodigy artist, Akiane, Ben Pridmore, the UK Memory Champion and Ariel Lanyi, an Israeli child prodigy pianist.

The show is being repeated tonight at 9 pm on ITV2, for those able to catch it, in the UK.

I haven't seen the show myself but I understand it showed Ainan at work on Chemistry at Singapore Polytechnic.

Filming the show was an enjoyable experience for Ainan and one that opened him up a bit, I feel. He is unlearning his essential shyness, year by year and experiences like this are a help.

For those able to see the show it just offers a glimpse of Ainan at work - there is a lot more to be told. It is, however, an introduction to him and his work.

So, do tune in to Superhuman Genius, ITV2, if you are in the UK this evening.

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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 1:40 AM 


Blogger Miao said...

I hope somebody will upload it on YouTube!

3:36 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

So far, no-one has.


5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The programme is available on a site called
I am downloading it via bittorrent at the moment.

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey can someone please name that guitar song used when they showed the gentlemen who was memorizing cards. Thanks so much. You can email me at

12:54 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

I don't know, sorry. Perhaps someone else who reads this will. Alternatively, you could look in the credits for the show.


1:03 PM  

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