Our understanding of intelligence is still incomplete: the debate of “nature vs. nurture” rages on. “If you have a newborn child and leave him in a cupboard all day, he won’t learn anything,” Freeman says matter-of-factly. “It’s interaction with the outside world. If your parents are teaching you all the time, you’ll learn.” In Anthony’s case, this certainly seems to be true. He spends his days surrounded by books, maps and educational toys, under the enthusiastic tutelage of his parents and grandparents. Beyond his high IQ, his family takes delight in his creativity, his curiosity, his sense of humour.