Many in the intelligent design camp have considered the possibility that the evolutionary process was designed.
“If any of these aspects…were different or non-existent, then sexual reproduction couldn’t take place. And so you require multiple codependent sub-functions.”
The conclusion based on a mathematical analysis of self-replication is that asking which came first, the chicken or the egg, is getting way ahead of the game.
Under the theory of an unguided process of chemical and biological evolution, should a threshold of complexity, clearly identifying life, be expected?
Richard Dawkins, better than anyone, has publicly championed the dogma that Darwinian pathways can and must always exist for any biological system.