Any evolving system of RNAs would quickly include almost exclusively RNAs that performed no biologically useful actions.
Without all of the described investigator interventions, a system of replicating RNAs could never emerge or even sustain itself.
I suspect this challenge will not be widely heeded. Studying these issues will lead researchers toward a conclusion they simply are not willing to accept.
Any progress toward life would be lost if a fully functional cell did not emerge within a reasonably short period of time.
“The analogy that comes to mind is a golfer, who having played a ball through an 18-hole course, assumed the ball could also play the course in his absence.”