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Part of the thesis of the present directors of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is the belief that "the major obstructions to understanding among scientists lie in the resistance of human attitudes to change rather than in difficulties of technical comprehension." On the basis of this belief, the considerable energies of the Josiah Macy Foundation have been directed into the conduct of a series of small conferences of experts working in fields where change in science and medicine is rapid and where interchange of ideas often lags far behind the salient points uncovered by independent and often widely separated workers. I think no one working in any field of science or medicine would deny that the interchange of ideas, the cross-fertilization by close contacts and the stimulus gained from colloquia and symposia, literally, talking together and drinking together, provide perhaps the most stimulating experience there is in the learning-teaching process
William B. Bean. Group Processes: Transactions of the Third Conference, Princeton, N. J., 1956.. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;102(4):679–680. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260210165020