You’d only have one, a child prodigy like Laurent Simons. Your family is quite upside down. That becomes clear when you watch the documentary Laurent, the child prodigy on Videoland. It can be seen from today.
He is 12 years old, that Flemish-Dutch gifted boy with an IQ of 145+. In comparison, the IQ of the historical scientist Albert Einstein is estimated at 160. But whether that was also true when the born German was 12… Anyway, Laurent is blessed with an incredible brain. Brain that allowed him to complete groups 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 in eighteen months at primary school.
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Laurent quickly to gymnasium and university
At the age of six, the eloquent Laurent Simons started grammar school. An age when you and I just started writing ‘tree, rose and fish’. Laurent didn’t, he also raced through his secondary school days and had his master’s degree in physics at the University of Antwerp two months ago.
Years ago, father Alexander and mother Lydia Simons did not realize that their child was special. They ran three thriving dental practices, which is why Laurent grew up with his grandfather and grandmother. The grandparents saw: our grandchild has certain gifts. The dental practices have since been sold, giving Alexander and Lydia time to mentor Laurent – who lives with them again – and ‘manage his career’. Videoland was allowed to come and take an exclusive look at the family. That exclusive is not too bad, because numerous media were already let in by the Simons family. Anyway, for this documentary there was no other camera available.
Parents pronounced on Videoland
Said parents do not mince words in the Videoland documentary about their son. “What Laurent has done so far is unprecedented, that has never happened before,” says mother Lydia. And father Alexander, who by the way looks a lot like the smart boy: “I think he will become very important for humanity.” A journalist from the Belgian The last news remembers a first phone call from Dad. “He phoned very excitedly that he wanted to tell us about his 6-year-old son. I met two very proud parents.”
That might also be what rubs in a bit Laurent, the child prodigy. ‘Leave that child’, you quickly remember. However, there have already been plenty of people who have expressed their opinion of the family – without ever meeting them – on social media. But more importantly: when it comes to studying, Laurent wants it, especially himself. If he has to exercise for the necessary movement, he needs a push (and he doesn’t have the ball feeling, for example). To get up early? Not for him. Ten or eleven in the morning, he thinks that’s fine. Studying for three to four hours is also enough.
Laurent doesn’t know why he is a child prodigy
We see in the documentary that Laurent is giving a master’s speech at Tel Aviv University. Despite his age, he is already getting offers from companies from all over the world, as he is now known. Just a reminder, he is 12 years old. Laurent finds the term gifted, after he must have heard it thousands of times, but nothing. “I especially think I am unique, I am just myself.” And: “I don’t know why I’m so smart. But I find it flattering to be associated with names like Einstein.”
It’s best within the family. A child that is smarter than the parents, much smarter, that is an unusual situation. He may take all the opportunities he needs, but must not lose sight of the fact that there are other things as well. For example, horseback riding, gaming and playing with grandpa, grandma, nephews and nieces.
What will the child prodigy do next?
Completing that physics degree at the age of 12 sounds wonderful. But what will Laurent actually do with it? Brace yourself: he wants to achieve immortality. And if that doesn’t work, at least extend human lives. Beautiful: “That children no longer have to miss their grandfathers and grandmothers.” Did I mention this boy is 12 years old?
The documentary is not necessarily special, because this striking scientist has been in the picture was standing. But it is all very interesting.
Laurent, the child prodigy can be seen on Videoland from today.
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