In chapter 5, Ralph attempts to settle the issue regarding the beast by discussing it during an assembly. After Ralph and Jack mention that a beast does not exist on the island, Piggy attempts to pragmatically solve the issue by viewing it through a scientific lens. Piggy is the most intelligent, rational boy on the island and says,
"Life...is scientific, that's what it is. In a year or two when the war's over they'll be traveling to Mars and back. I know there isn't no beast—not with claws and all that, I mean—but I know there isn't no fear, either" (Golding, 64).
Piggy's comment about life being "scientific" illustrates his viewpoint of the world and belief that a large, carnivorous animal cannot inhabit such a small tropical island. Piggy understands that many of the boys have irrational fears, which is why they have developed the concept that an enigmatic beast is roaming the island. However, Piggy does believe that the only thing the boys should fear is each other. Piggy's comment about being frightened of people is the closest idea to Simon's supreme knowledge of the true identity of the beast, which is the inherent wicked nature of each boy on the island.