You have misunderstood me. I am not saying the living Bob is equal to the living Alice.Now to continue. In your post you say we need "correct usage", and then go on to explain what you mean by that. So the second issue is how we define "lives" with respect to the subject matter, and this revolves around the concept of personal identity with respect to living beings. So if we can establish through some understanding that the identity of living Bob = the identity of dead Alice, then reincarnation is true, and your post is attempting to do that through the use of the words like "body", "soul" and "spirit", for which you have assigned a number of properties in a hierarchy of importance based on some arbitrary and subjective evaluations. So in your view it seems that our logical model would look something like this: living body + soul + spirit = whole person
Have I got this correct so far? If so please allow me to proceed before adding more facets to the analysis. If it's not correct, please let me know where the error is.
My use of the words are not arbitrary nor subjective - or no more than my attempts to understand quantum physics or the basic principles of Geometry. I am using terms from concepts that are very ancient as well as current - in certain streams of metaphysical thinking.
If we are to have a conversation about Psyche - we have to understand that the 'instrument' of perception is the human being itself. If you are looking for physical-based 'evidence' you may or may not find it or be 'convinced' even if you do. In this realm knowledge is obtained through inner work.
Logic is a slippery slope sometimes. The Heaven's Gate Cult is but one proof of that. It's one's premises that are key - and how they are obtained - and in my presentation I was attempting to give the background premises to the concept of reincarnation.
As follows: there is an organizing principle in life [premise]. Without that organizing principle the human body dissolves to it's constituent elements [premise] or 'dies'. Informed by that organizing principle - life, energy, life-energy (choose a word/phrase) - the human body appears as it does to us as 'alive'. The life-energy is the organizing principle of the living physical universe [premise]. However the physical body+life body is not the whole of it - for we feel and we think. The body asleep has both physical and life bodies. Where is feeling and thinking? The Soul is the interweaving of the emotional and mental bodies in relation to the life body and physical body. [Concept]