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What would E.T. do? It's an improbable question, but it's one Gregory Benford has been thinking about a lot lately. That's not entirely surprising, since Benford is an award-winning science-fiction writer. In this case, though, he's speaking in his capacity as a professor of physics at the University of California at Irvine. Along with his twin brother, James, and James' son Dominic, Benford has been rethinking the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, now celebrating its 50th year.

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"The Benford twins were fellow graduate students with me at UCSD in the late 60's in La Jolla, California, the setting for Greg's novel Timescape. I was a student of Phil Morrison's at Cornell when he wrote the famous paper with Cocconi on the 21 cm line that led to SETI." -- Jack Sarfatti
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