Many of us assume that there is a "spirit", and that the human being really is a combination of a "HUMAN body" and a "spiritual BEING".
While I agree with the idea, usually, and mostly, it is STILL fundamentally a theory - and yes Mark, a SUBJECTIVE theory as you so eloquently point out on this or some other recent thread.
It "might" be an objective truth that we are each a "composite being", as you described, but it is surely a "subjective truth" wehn you state it as if it were an undeniable "fact".
And, some other views (theosophy, Hindu) would say that you exist on at least seven differnt planes simultaneously, as corresponding to each of the seven Chakras. Where the "spiritual" and "physical" are only TWO of the seven.
Really, I look at almost all knowledge as "theories".
I'd agree that it is not an objective truth. However, nothing that we can know ever is. Nor does this thesis require the existence of 'spirit' although that is certainly one traditional interpretation. The point is, as the buddhists have indicated for centuries, that beings possess mind to varying degrees. Mind is observably different from the phenomena of the world. The degree of 'separation' that implies remains uncertain.
Mark A. Baker