People can remember with great clarity what they were doing or to whom they were speaking when they learned of the crisis—whether via a sister's phone call or a first-hand glimpse of the World Trade Center on fire. Decades ago, psychologists theorized that the brain imprints such details into its memory, like a photograph, when we learn of sudden, tragic national events.
These highly emotional recollections were dubbed "flashbulb memories"—but the notion of photographic accuracy didn't bear out in later research.
Last month, the scientists did a year follow-up survey—data yet to be analyzed—making the project the longest prospective study of how flashbulb memories change over time. Phelps , a lead investigator of the survey. By then, the second plane had hit the towers. There was nobody else in the office at that point, but one person. I went to his office, which looked out at the World Trade Center, and we saw one tower go down.
You just couldn't even believe it. And then it was kind of a weird day. Some people came into the office. There is no way out until the end, and it's all so numbing that maybe this is the whole point: The exhibition starts with one shining, unfathomably terrible morning and winds up as all of our lives, as banal and constant as laundry, bottomless.
The fact that everyone else here has VIP status grimly similar to mine is the lone saving grace; the prospect of experiencing this stroll down waking nightmare lane with tuned-out schoolkids or spectacle-seekers would be too much. There are FDNY T-shirts and search-and-rescue sweatshirts and no one quite makes eye contact with anyone else, and that's just fine. I think now of every war memorial I ever yawned through on a class trip, how someone else's past horror was my vacant diversion and maybe I learned something but I didn't feel anything.
Everyone should have a museum dedicated to the worst day of their life and be forced to attend it with a bunch of tourists from Denmark. Annotated divorce papers blown up and mounted, interactive exhibits detailing how your mom's last round of chemo didn't take, souvenir T-shirts emblazoned with your best friend's last words before the car crash. And you should have to see for yourself how little your pain matters to a family of five who need to get some food before the kids melt down.
Or maybe worse, watch it be co-opted by people who want, for whatever reason, to feel that connection so acutely. There are two recording booths for people to tell their own stories of the day, or remembrances of loved ones who were lost.
A man exits one of the confessionals, sees me, shakes his head, and says, "Amazing idea. By the time I finally reach the gift shop, the indignation I've been counting on just isn't there. The events of the day have already been exploited and sold in ways previously incomprehensible, why get mad at a commemorative T-shirt now? This tchotchke store — this building, this experience — is nothing more than the logical endpoint for our most reliably commodifiable national tragedy.
If you want to bring a coffee table book full of photos of cadaver dogs sniffing through smoking rubble back home to wherever you're from, hey, that's great.
Across the country, numerous events are held on this day to honor the loss of thousands of lives. Photo: Brian W. Yamnicky, 71, a Navy veteran, both of whom were aboard American Airlines Flight 77 that morning. NIST and many scientists refuse to debate conspiracy theorists because they feel it would give those theories unwarranted credibility.
NIST does not claim that the steel was melted, but rather that the weakened steel, together with the damage caused by the planes' impacts, caused the collapses.
Instead, they argue that the Pentagon was hit by a missile launched by elements from inside the U. The French newspaper Liberation called the book "a tissue of wild and irresponsible allegations, entirely without foundation. When Flight 77 hit the Pentagon, one wing hit the ground and the other was sheared off by the Pentagon's load-bearing columns.
The evidence refuting missile claims includes airplane debris including Flight 77's black boxes ,  the nose cone, landing gear,  an airplane tire,  and an intact cockpit seat  were observed at the crash site. The remains of passengers from Flight 77 were indeed found at the Pentagon crash site and their identities confirmed by DNA analysis. Further, Flight 77 passengers made phone calls reporting that their airplane had been hijacked.
For example, passenger Renee May called her mother to tell her that the plane had been hijacked and that the passengers had been herded to the back of the plane. Another passenger named Barbara Olson called her husband U. Solicitor General Theodore Olson and said that the flight had been hijacked, and that the hijackers had knives and box cutters.
On May 16, , the government released the Pentagon security camera videos to Judicial Watch. Out of the four planes hijacked on that day, Flight 93 was the only one not to reach its target. David Ray Griffin and Alex Jones say that large parts of the plane including the main body of the engine landed miles away from the main wreckage site, too far away for an ordinary plane crash. Jones says that planes usually leave a small debris field when they crash, and that this is not compatible with reports of wreckage found farther away from the main crash site.
One person claimed that the main body of the engine was found miles away from the main wreckage site with damage comparable to that which a heat-seeking missile would do to an airliner. CNN reported that investigators found debris from the crash at least eight miles away from the crash site, including in New Baltimore. Right after the attacks, kids were constantly being told who the bad guys were and what they looked like, and to be on the lookout for people who looked like them, along with any suspicious activity.
New York City has always been a very diverse place. As a child, it was almost like watching a cartoon and being told who the villain is — and that the villain could be anywhere, like on the subway holding a backpack or in a crowded store. But fortunately, I had a wonderful teacher in our school who taught us early on that one small group of people do not represent an entire race or religion, and that these people who chose to do something horrible were not doing it in the name of any or all of them.
People of all races, ages, religions, and walks of life have the ability to do bad things, and good things, too. Helaina Hovitz today, in front of a local school in her downtown neighborhood. Helania Hovitz How did you put the past behind you?
Dusty, ownerless Topsiders encased in glass. I have not done this, but I present a case number, which means the official from the medical examiner's office can indeed let me through — just a few days into this museum's existence, and a few days before it's even officially open, and already people have apparently tried lying about dead relatives to get in here.
For example, passenger Renee May called her mother to tell her that the plane had been hijacked and that the passengers had been herded to the back of the plane. The remains are located in the World Trade Center Repository situated between the two footprints of the Twin Towers on the sacred ground of the World Trade Center site. I have not done this, but I present a case number, which means the official from the medical examiner's office can indeed let me through — just a few days into this museum's existence, and a few days before it's even officially open, and already people have apparently tried lying about dead relatives to get in here.
It's not the case that you don't have a fairly vivid image in your head of the planes crashing into the building. He points me around the corner to a cramped, dark space but does not follow. Sometimes this works, sometimes it feels like its own form of grandstanding.
My mother comforted the nun and said it was pretty clear that everything wasn't going to be fine, but she appreciated the sentiment. A wing for Pennsylvania and the Pentagon, tape loops of survivors telling how they got out. When Flight 77 hit the Pentagon, one wing hit the ground and the other was sheared off by the Pentagon's load-bearing columns. The president addressing the nation and vowing steely, determined revenge. Last month, the scientists did a year follow-up survey—data yet to be analyzed—making the project the longest prospective study of how flashbulb memories change over time. Obviously, if even half of those people had been stopped, there never would have been a plot.
Variants of the theory contend that the attack was organized by Ariel Sharon , Mossad , or the government of Israel. I thought it was very strange. Phone service was hit or miss that day, but John Gabrieli, a friend and neuroscientist who was then at Stanford, managed to call me.
This is America, you can buy what you want; they hate our freedom to buy what we want. Emotion kind of focuses you on a few details but lets you ignore other details. We worked very fast. Whereas, if I told you that you don't remember the details of your 26th birthday, you wouldn't be surprised, necessarily.