Future scientists are taught to interpret the world through a rigid conceptual grid.
Scientists have been trying for decades to get monomers to link up into biopolymers under “prebiotically plausible conditions.”
Science provides a clear expectation of what natural processes produce, and what we observe in the biopolymers of life is dramatically unexpected.
Let’s imagine trying to design something as “simple” as a self-replicating cardboard box.
This is not a question of scale — even if the “chemist’s flask” were the entire Earth.