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 +

Friday, June 01, 2012

How to get smart.

Yesterday, I found Tiarnan, 6, playing computer games, on my PC – as he not infrequently does.

“Excuse me, Tiarnan. I have got work to do.”

He rose from his seat, somewhat reluctantly.

“Work doesn’t make you smarter...playing games does. So play games!”, he said cheekily.

I smiled, but didn’t relent, and sat down to work. Yet, I recognized why Tiarnan had said that. He had heard that computer games improved some kinds of intellectual skills...and so he was throwing that back at me, as justification for his own games playing. Cheeky monkey. 

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