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, April 04, 2009

An unexpected dinosaur.

Yesterday, Tiarnan sat up in bed and said, quite out of nothing, "I have a dinosaur body."

We looked at our little three year old son and saw that he looked just like a little three year old son. We couldn't see the resemblance to a dinosaur, at all.

Perceiving, perhaps, our incomprehension, he bent forward to reveal his back, and then reached behind him to trace the bumps of his spine.

"There!" he said, as if that explained everything.

Ah. We understood. He was comparing the ridges on his back to the ridges on the backs of dinosaurs such as Triceratops. Indeed, by that measure, he did have a "dinosaur body".

Tiarnan, our little dinosaur, is funny in the way he thinks. He is always associating things and linking distant things together. A moment's reflection is always enough to see that he has a point and that the things he has connected could, indeed, be connected, if you looked at the world in the way he was choosing to.

I see, in the way he thinks, the beginnings of an artist of some kind, for, like many artists, he is a great associator.

In any event, whatever he chooses to be (and he has shown the traits of an actor often enough, too), it will be entertaining to watch him grow up and hear him make his surprising observations, along the way.

(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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