As usual, evolution-talk is inversely proportional to the amount of detail presented about cellular workings.
Words, even meaningless words, have the power to create their own virtual realities in our minds.
In 2016, physicist Lawrence Krauss promised, “We’re coming very close” to explaining the origin of life via chemical evolutionary models.
Clearly, the questions he and I have discussed are not only of scientific or academic interest, but instead go to the root of life’s meaning and purpose.
A reader must ask if an RNA molecule could possibly govern chemical reactions, suppress free-riders, support co-operators, and act in its own self-interest.