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October 10th, 2008 by

Long live PZ Myers!


PZ MYERThe “magnificent P-Zed Myers,” as he’s known by Richard Dawkins, is a fearless heathen. The tagline of his blog Pharyngula reads: “Evolution, development, and random biological ejaculations from a godless liberal.” He’s publicly desecrated the Eucharist and been chastised by the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue, bucked down libel suits, received countless death threats from religious kooks and he can kick God’s old, white ass with nothing but his mind. Myers teaches biology at the University of Minnesota, Morris. We decided to give him a call. (more…)

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September 10th, 2008 by

Primate Robin Dunbar talks language, politics, and cyborgs


dunbarEvolutionary anthropologist, biologist and psychologist Robin Dunbar is most famous for comparing primate brain mass and troupe size to find the social limits imposed by the human brain. Dunbar’s number (about 150) can be seen limiting the populations of indigenous tribes, army units, corporate offices and other social groups worldwide. Ian Murphy called Dunbar at his office at the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford. (more…)

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June 10th, 2008 by

ZinnDESPITE IAN MURPHY’S IDIOTIC PITCH (“All the cool social activists are doing it. If you do not participate, it will be clear that Noam Chomsky is way cooler than you, and I’ll be forced to get a tattoo illustrating that theme. I’m thinking Noam could be jumping over you on a motorcycle”), the inimitable author and historian Howard Zinn took the time to answer our questions. He’s a cool dude.

Your antiwar position is well known. Why do you hate the troops? (more…)

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Critical Massimo

October 7th, 2007 by


Massimo Pigliucci, Ph D., is a professor of evolution and of philosophy at SUNY Stony Brook. He has three doctorates – in genetics, botany, and philosophy. He contributes to Skeptical Inquirer and Philosophy Now, and his musings can be found at rationallyspeaking.org . We wrote to him and he wrote back.

It seems that people who are secular and/or have an understanding of evolution tend to procreate less. Does knowledge about evolution demystify the “miracle of birth,” and if so, doesn’t that indicate natural selection working against itself?

No, I don’t think demystification or natural selection have much to do with it. Certainly a naturalistic understanding of human reproduction does make one disinclined to think of life as a “miracle,” but that doesn’t mean it has less value, or that procreation becomes less of a strong instinct and a source of joy (and plenty of pain, of course). (more…)

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Say Uncle!

August 10th, 2007 by

BEAST Negotiates Iraq Withdrawal

Mahmoud OthmanA lifelong Kurdish diplomat, Dr. Mahmoud Othman is now a leading member of the Iraqi National Assembly. He is also our editor’s uncle.

Do you think it’s wrong that the PKK is listed as a terrorist agency?

Of course it’s wrong, because I think Turkey is waging a sort of  state terrorism against them for the last century. So when they defend themselves, you can’t call it terrorism. (more…)

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Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe!

March 10th, 2007 by

The Brad Blog’s Brad Friedman on the hijacking of democracy, why a paper trail is not enough and the Democrats’ flawed remedy


Do you think that the Democratic gains in the midterm elections have had a deflating effect on the election integrity movement? (more…)

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Chattin' With Chomsky

January 10th, 2007 by

We e-mailed him & he wrote us back!


noamchomskyThe BEAST: You often refer to Israel as being the United States’ “cop on the beat” in the Middle East. Given the immense influence of the Israeli lobby AIPAC in our congress, who’s really calling the shots?

Noam Chomsky: The phrase is not mine. It was used by Nixon’s Secretary of Defense, Melvyn Laird, referring to US policy in the Middle East. Similar descriptions were given at the same time by US intelligence, by Senator Henry Jackson (the Senate’s leading specialist on the Middle East and energy), and others. (more…)

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