We meet in Branford, CT, about once every 4-6 weeks and topics discussed range from physical sciences, to life sciences and social sciences. A knowledge of the topic being discussed is not required, nor is there any membership requirement or age restriction. Perhaps the only requirement is curiosity and a thirst for knowledge! Science and technology are integral to every aspect of life - history, geography, humanities, music - everything.
As of July 2014, the IRS has recognized Tilde Cafe as a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts are deductible to the full extent allowed under IRS regulations.
The weather is being duplicitous here in Connecticut, so participating in the most recent cafe discussion led by Dr. Christine Ngaruiya was an excellent anchor in reality. This was perhaps the most interactive cafe afternoon, with Dr. Ngaruiya asking attendees to form groups and discuss ways to address the epidemic of noncommunicable diseases. And for the groups to do that, she first gave us a background on the defining criteria of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). These are diseases that are not passed from person to person; that are generally slow in progression; and that are often chronic.
With apologies to Charles Darwin: Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by [a concerted effort or] science.
The next cafe discussion will be on June 4. Until then, enjoy past cafe videos, and eat your pulses - they are one more solution to curbing NCDs. Spring should be here by then!