I am not sure if this discussion thread is still alive, but if it is, my contribution could be an essay that is devoted to ORIGINAL OF LIFE question.
"...The explanation of the living system phenomenon is proposed that Consciousness is the fundamental property of MATTER that is just not observable in the non-living systems. Consciousness property of subatomic particles is not recognized by fundamentally incomplete quantum mechanics theory. Consciousness property of Matter also is not observable in the thermodynamically equilibrium systems. However if a system steered far enough from an equilibrium and past a critical point, a non-equilibrium system will emerge. The further development of these systems in the direction out from equilibrium will reveal the property that causes the phenomenon we call - LIFE".