“It’s easy to say things that aren’t true and get people to believe them, especially when they sound science-y and are mixed in with well-known facts.”
As an undergraduate at UC San Diego, I attended a seminar taught by Stanley Miller, the famous chemist who put origin-of-life research on the map.
You might think that such severe impediments to prebiotic RNA formation would be enough to discourage fanciful proposals of RNA replication.
The OOL researchers don’t believe they are cheating or stealing. They’re not dishonest, or stupid. But they are fooling themselves.
What about reports of a radiotrophic fungus near the Chernobyl nuclear accident that can feed off radiation?