Man on Wire

This movie is both a first-rate documentary and riveting social science.  It is excellent on how Frenchmen differ from Americans, how young men differ from old, what is art, why some people follow others, how we are led to folly by small steps, whether human behavior can be explained by signaling theory, and the motivations and roots of terrorism, among many other issues.  Here is one good review.

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I saw the WSJ review yesterday, looking forward to the movie.

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Um, people couldn't be resuced off the roof of the World Trade Center on 9/11 because of a little problem of flames and smoke rising. What helicopter pilot would fly into that? Further, most people are not trained to use parachutes, especially from low altitudes such as off the top of a skyscraper. There is more to using a parachute than merely having it "dropped" to you from on high.

A little thought perhaps before posting such inane questions.

Even if doors to the roofs were unlocked it is doubtful that such would have done anything for the victims.

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"how young men differ from old, what is art, why some people follow others, how we are led to folly by small steps, whether human behavior can be explained by signaling theory, and the motivations and roots of terrorism"

Wow, that's quite a balancing act for a guy on a wire.

Here's an inane question for you. Why aren't wires strung between buildings. They could serve a dual purpose of slicing errant airplanes, at least keeping them from having enough mass to completely bring buildings down, and if people could get to the roof they could zip line to adjacent buildings?

We were caught off guard with the effectiveness of the result of the attacks. What's being done on that end? All that appears to be getting done is keeping grandma from boarding a plane with her knitting needles.

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Andrew: What would happen if a plane flew into a city on accident, or an emergency helicopter had to get though? I just don't think the cables would be a good idea. Also, buildings sway. I'm no structural engineer, but couldn't the swaying buildings being cabled together cause some problems for their structures?

I really want to see that film, but it doesn't look like it's showing in my hometown for another two weeks.

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