Words, even meaningless words, have the power to create their own virtual realities in our minds.
“Abiogenesis” seems to draw its strength from pseudo-scientific folk-beliefs that life could somehow be made to emerge from non-life.
There are some biologists, such as Richard Dawkins, who still pin their faith in ideas which have resulted only in blankly negative experimental results.
In the 17th century, medical pioneer Sir William Harvey and Italian scientist Francesco Redi both proved the untenability of spontaneous generation.
Philosopher Mary Midgely pointed out the fatuousness of the “meme” hypothesis in painfully direct terms.