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 +

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The philosopher of the wind.

Tiarnan is just two, but he already asks the most interesting of questions. It seems that beneath his curly head of hair, there is to be found a natural philosopher, if a young one.

Two days ago, Tiarnan asked of his mummy and daddy, "What is the wind? I cannot see the wind."

"Can anyone see the wind?", I asked him.

"No." He said, sure of his own observations.

We were so intrigued by his question that neither of us actually gave him an answer - we were just busy being amazed that he had asked it.

I find it interesting to see Tiarnan begin to question the natural world and think on its nature. This was something that Ainan used to do, when very young. I see the two boys as different but having certain common threads running through their personalities. Perhaps Tiarnan, too, will be interested in science when the time comes - though I feel he has a liking for Art, too. Perhaps he will pursue them both (and music too...for he likes to tinkle with the piano, or anything that is musical).

At Tiarnan's age, all is possible. It is interesting, as a parent, to watch him discover himself and come to understand what he likes and what he might like to do. For now, I see him as multiplicitous and open. I can only guess what he might be like in a few years time - but the question above gives me a clue that among all his concerns, there is going to be a lot of thinking going on, too.

(If you would like to learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged eight years and seven months, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, five years exactly, and Tiarnan, twenty-eight 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.

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Blogger Miao said...

Hi Mr Cawley,

Which statistics counter do you use for your blog? I'd like to sign up for one too - preferably something that tracks visitors' IP addresses as well. Thank you.

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Hi Miao, I use Sitemeter...found at It gives good stats for free - and incomplete IP addresses. For complete IPs, you have to subscribe but it is not expensive. It allows you to analyze the visitors in many different and helpful ways - by country, by the page they come in on, the page they leave by, what their "out click" is...their location, how long they stay, and so on. I like it.

I hope that helps.


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