If you “listen to the experts,” or anyway some of the experts, cells are “little bags of garbage” and Miller-Urey is a “true simulation of prebiotic chemistry.”
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.
A gold rush makes sense. But a copper rush? Not so much. And yet, perhaps there is more to gold than aesthetics.
Some recent work suggests it all happened at once in a sort of “chemical big bang.”
As we have seen so far in this series, fire was an absolutely crucial component in humanity’s rise to civilization and technology.