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, March 05, 2011

Varsity Newspaper: Unforgotten Words.

Varsity, is an independent student weekly newspaper, of Cambridge University. It has the distinction of being one of but three independent student newspapers in the UK.

Long ago, when I was a student at Cambridge University, I recall reading some quotes, from students about Cambridge. One of those quotes has stuck with me, ever since.

The, sadly anonymous student wit, was quoted to have said, words to the effect:

"Intelligent life in space? I would settle for intelligent life in Cambridge."

Sometimes, I felt like that about Cambridge, too. No doubt that is why I have never forgotten the expressed sentiment.

The funny thing is that that quote from Varsity is one of the few things that has stuck with me, from its pages. One of the others was a story about a former student who committed suicide, quite young, but that is another story...

Perhaps it is the profundity of the particular remarks, or stories, that endures, in my mind - or the ones that capture, aptly, the nature of life and place. All the rest is lost, as, perhaps, deemed inconsequential by my mind and so unworthy of remembrance.

I wonder who that wit in the Varsity newspaper was? Did they go on to have an interesting life? Did they find the intelligent people they sought?

If anyone knows who said that quote, please let me know in the comments below. Thanks.

Please note that the quote above may not have used the exact words of the Varsity wit, but the meaning is the same. That is just how I choose to remember it.

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