The Humanist Spirit

This website and blog is focused on exploring the spiritual and practical aspects of Humanism.  It is dedicated to the idea that Humanism  is the deep conviction that humanity can and must solve its own problems and can realize its fullest potential of its own accord. 

Darin Stewart

Darin Stewart is the primary author of the Humanist Spirit blog.  He is a certified Humanist Celebrant credentialed by the Humanist Society and the American Humanist Association.

Professionally, he is a Research Analyst working in the areas of search and semantic technologies including machine learning, text analytics and natural language processing. He holds a Ph.D. in Information Science.

Dr. Stewart is also a lecturer in Applied Information Management for the University of Oregon.  He is the author of numerous technical publications and the book "Building Enterprise Taxonomies"

He lives with his family in the Portland, Oregon area.


Humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence over acceptance of dogma or superstition.