The mystique of evolutionism is the idea that natural selection explains everything. In fact, natural selection itself explains nothing.
Information, understood as formal and final cause, is what makes nature real.
A common attempt to overcome the need for information in the first cell is to equate information to a reduction in entropy.
Note that this is not an argument based on, “We don’t know what can write computer code, therefore God did it.”
As the authors rigorously show, producing anything of significant complexity requires that knowledge of the outcomes be programmed into the search routines.