But the real reason I'm posting about this is that, in the second season, we find out what Kyle is. We find out that Einstein speculated that he was so smart because he'd had more time in the womb than most people (14 months, according to Answers.com) and did experiments that failed. But some scientists, intrigued, continued the experiments in secret. They produced one person, Adam Bailen, who was in the womb for a long time as well (I forget how long he said), but longer than Einstein. The surrogate mother died, and Adam worked to make an artificial womb. Kyle was in an artificial womb for 16 years!
Now granted, this is fiction, but what if this "extra time in the womb" thing is legit? I'm rather clever and intelligent, and I was in the womb for more than 9 months. Not much more than 9 months, I don't remember the exact number, but more than 9 months. And Einstein, man! 14 months. Neato. I think in reality there would be a point of diminishing returns, but it's still an interesting concept.
What's especially interesting is, my Ah'Koi Bahnis species have a 12 month gestation period, and they all have special Gifts. But interestingly, I'd never heard of this hypothesis before today.
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