Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

Fleet Street’s Dubious Science

August 27th, 2010 · No Comments


Apologies for the late start to the day, but Microkhan Jr. decided to rob the clan of some much-needed sleep in the wee hours. Unable to get back to the Sandman’s realm once the kid had been pacified, I passed the time by catching up on The World at War. Lots of good stuff there, including a well-reasoned explanation as to why the bicycle enabled Japan’s conquest of Malaya. But my favorite tidbit is cued up above—a classic piece of racial “science” that appeared in the British press prior to the fall of Singapore. Wish I could dig up the cited article, just to see whether the writer cited any research. I am picturing an Oxford Universty laboratory full of Japanese test subjects being spun around on rotating chairs, then asked to walk in straight lines…

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