I just tried reading the 2008 paper of the late Leslie Orgel, long time origin of life researcher, which assessed the plausibility of existing self-organizations theories of the origin of life. Most of the article was way over my head. But I think I understood the final sentence:
….solutions offered by supporters of geneticist [RNA] or metabolist [self-organization] scenarios that are dependent on “if pigs could fly” hypothetical chemistry are unlikely to help.
Such a dismal assessment of current origin of life scenarios from someone who would know should not go unnoticed.
Interestingly the wikipedia article notes:
In his book The Origins of Life, Orgel coined the concept of specified complexity, to describe the criterion by which living organisms are distinguished from non-living matter.
Perhaps an intelligent design explanation isn't so ludicrous afterall.