This is not a debate that has anything to do with religion or sexism, this is me asking fellow Giant Bomb users for their input and ideas concerning some things about nature that I fail to understand within the context of science and culture. I'm sure many of you know more about this (or have thought more about it) than I do/have, so gimme your two cents!
I know it seems hard to believe on the internet, but I have no actual opinion on this, hence my seeking your input.
I'm onto the sixth episode of BBC Planet Earth and these two questions kept popping in my head repeatedly:
Evolution - the detailed and complex features of certain animals
Does evolution tell us that all these strange and very specific defense/survival mechanisms that strange animals have, were just developed naturally on their own to ensure the survival of these species in their dangerous environments?
I mean, regardless of whether God exists, the theory of God tells you that he created all these little details, and the idea of designing these very specific details is more plausible to me than nature just somehow designing all these things out of... nature being nature. How does evolution explain the pouch that male Emperor Penguins have, where they hide their females' eggs? How does it explain the microscopic claws that rare cave invertebrates have that allow them to hold onto rocks and not drift in the current? How does it explain snakes having heat vision in order to snatch bats in the dark? It just developed on its own? Doesn't that sound strange? It gives biology a conscious persona, like it knows what tools and adjustments are needed. I don't get that.
These features and body parts are extremely specific and detailed, with the purpose of allowing the animals to fit their respective environments, but IMO they are too specific to believe that nature just "did" the job.
Gender roles - males always wooing females
Yes we are cultured and intelligent beings, we should be different from animals and their basic functions, but at the end of the day we are biological animals that evolved from cells in the sea, so how do you explain the fact that almost EVERY species has the males doing all the wooing and the courting showmanship? I believe in equality in rights between the two (human) genders, but I do not deny gender roles because they are a part of nature and biology, which is evident in all other living beings. The fact that the male does the penetration and fertilization during intercourse, for humans and animals alike, really symbolizes this IMO.
So far I have seen male penguins "serenade" to attract females, some form of male mountain bucks fight for hours in order to win a "harem" entourage of females which they proceed to fornicate (the narrator actually called them harem...), and many male birds do crazy shows.
How do people who deny gender roles explain the fact that in nature, it's always the male who does the wooing, followed by the f*cking? That it's always the male going after the female and trying to get her in bed? I'm NOT saying they're wrong, I'm trying to understand their point of view, because as of now I don't.
This here is a somewhat ignorant man (about this topic) who is asking for the input and perspective of people better educated on this matter, nothing more and nothing less :)
I'm sure science has explanations out there, so I'm seeking them!