The fatal flaw with metaphysical vitalism was that it invariably led to circular reasoning.
Turner classifies the intelligent design movement as a resurgence of Platonic idealism.
Darwin’s ideas have become a flashpoint in the culture, so any discussion of the science can easily become highly polarized and politicized.
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.