Francis Hitching

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Francis Hitching
BornFrancis Hitching
PeriodActive: 20th Century
Literary movementParanormal
Notable works
  • The Neck of the Giraffe or Where Darwin Went Wrong
  • Earth Magic

Francis Hitching (born 1933) is a British author, dowser, journalist and filmmaker.


Hitching has written on earth mysteries, dowsing, paranormal and ley lines. In his book Pendulum: The Psi Connection (1977), he came to the conclusion that dowsing is genuine, listing a number of alternative explanations such as electromagnetism and psychic ability that he thought were associated with dowsing.[1][2]

Stuart Fleming in the New Scientist gave Hitching's book Earth Magic (1978) a positive review; the book linked many of the megaliths around Europe to groups of men whom he called "megalithic mathematicians".[3]

Hitching also wrote The World Atlas of Mysteries (1981); an atlas which listed many earth mysteries from around the world. The book was criticized in the New Scientist for some of his conclusions such as linking animal extinctions to reversals in the earth's magnetic field.[4]

Hitching is the author of the book The Neck of the Giraffe or Where Darwin Went Wrong (1983).[5][6][7] A review on stated that Hitching believes that "evolution is directed by some sort of cosmic force, but does not like Darwinism." Science writer Richard Dawkins wrote that The Neck of the Giraffe "is one of the silliest and most ignorant I have read for years." The book has been widely cited by creationists.[8]

Books published[edit]

  • Pendulum: The Psi connection (1977)
  • Earth Magic The Astounding Mystery of the Greatest of All Lost Civilizations (1977)
  • Earth Magic (1976)
  • Dowsing: The psi connection (1978)
  • The Mysterious World: An Atlas of the Unexplained (1979)
  • The World Atlas of Mysteries (1981)
  • The Neck of the Giraffe or Where Darwin Went Wrong (1982)
  • Boom Business of the 90s: Essential Start-Up Guide to Network Marketing (1992)


  1. ^ New Scientist, 10 November 1977 Online
  2. ^ Webb, Hilda Eggleston. (1980). Dowsing: The Psi Connection by Francis Hitching. Journal of American Folklore. Vol. 93, No. 369. pp. 364–365.
  3. ^ New Scientist, 23 Sep, 1976
  4. ^ New Scientist, 8 February 1979 Online
  5. ^ Gavan, James A. (1983). The Neck of The Giraffe or Where Darwin Went Wrong. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Volume 62: 227–228.
  6. ^ "The Neck of the Giraffe or Where Darwin Went Wrong". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  7. ^ Shermer, Michael. (2002). In Darwin's Shadow: The Life and Science of Alfred Russel Wallace. Oxford University Press. p. 145. ISBN 0-19-514-830-4
  8. ^ "Francis Hitching: Commonly quoted by creationists". Retrieved 2014-06-06.