St Michael’s Lecture – Paradoxes with Dr Felix Flicker

Hosted by: St Michael's Lectures - Dr Felix Flicker

Wednesday 27th September at 7.30pm, St Michael’s Lectures are excited to welcome Dr Felix Flicker to talk on “Paradoxes: Jokes, Riddles, Zen Buddhist Kohns, and some Questions in Theoretical Physics” – Entertaining, Educational, Accessible. Please see the Press Release linked below.

Felix Flicker is the Astor Junior Research Fellow of Physics at New College, Oxford. Originally from Ottery St. Mary, Dr. Flicker recently returned from a two-year stint in Berkeley, California, where he found himself in the position of riddle-setter in a co-operative named Lothlorien. Taking inspiration from the riddles contained in the ‘Exeter Book’, he found much overlap between the structure of the riddles and the process of seeking knowledge in the modern scientific method. In this lecture, he will discuss the overlaps between a range of fields which operate by this ‘method of paradox’: setting up two seemingly sound lines of reasoning which result in an apparent or actual contradiction. He will argue that, ultimately, all learning takes this form, using by way of illustration various examples from physics and how resolving the paradoxes has updated our understanding of the world.

Everyone, of any faith or none, is warmly welcomed to the St Michael’s Lectures and admission is FREE (with a voluntary retiring collection).

Lectures are followed by discussion and light refreshments, and are held in St. Michael’s Church.  For further information, or to discuss disabled access, contact the Lectures’ team at  or

Press Release for September Lecture


St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Dinham Road, Mount Dinham, Exeter, EX4 4EB