J. Francis Hitching
J. Francis Hitching is a British
authorand dowser. His books often focus on paranormalphenomena.
According to the biography in his book, "The World Atlas of Mysteries", Hitching was born in 1933 and grew up in
Stratford-upon-Avon, where his grandfather, Randle Ayrton, was a noted Shakespearian actor. He attended school in Warwick, but in 1950 he left and became a newspaper reporter, then a magazine journalist, before producing the British music television programme " Ready Steady Go!"
While filming a documentary at
Carnacin France, the megalithshe saw there inspired him to spend the next four years researching his book "Earth Magic", on the subject of standing stones. According to "The World Atlas of Mysteries",
:"... he was impressed by the dowsers he met who seemed instinctively to know why the stones had been erected. Some of their information about
psychicmatters was so extraordinary that he decided they warranted a full investigation and explanation; hence his next book "Pendulum"."
Other books by Hitching include "Dowsing: The Psi Connection", "Fraud, Mischief, and the Supernatural", "Instead of Darwin", and "The Neck of the Giraffe". This last book concerns the debate between
Creationismand Darwinismand reviewers have been critical of its poor or non-existent referencing of source materials [http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/hitching.html] ISBN 0-451-62232-4.
Francis Hitching has appeared several times on television in Great Britain and the United States, discussing his alternative theories of
archaeology, dowsing, psychic powers and other paranormal phenomena. He wrote or co-wrote several episodes of the television programme "In Search of...", hosted by Leonard Nimoy, and appeared on-camera in three episodes: "Haunted Castles", "Magic of Stonehenge", and "Water Seekers".
The biography mentioned above also states "John Francis Hitching is a member of the
Royal Archaeological Institute, the Prehistoric Society, the Society for Psychical Research, the British Society of Dowsersand the American Society of Dowsers". However, the Royal Archaeological Institute has apparently denied his claim of membership [http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/hitching.html] .
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