Richard Dawkins, the English evolutionist and author of the best-selling The Selfish Gene, writes that a "cowardly flabbiness
of the intellect "afflicts otherwise rational people confronted with long-established religions.
His analysis suffers from all the intellectual flabbiness
(for example, claiming that "the U.
Eliminating "to be" made me more aware of sources of ambiguity and rhetorical flabbiness
, such as the indefinite or ambiguous "it" that maintains a weed-like presence in much legal writing.
Fishmael's strategies, alas, fail to make his narrative arresting or compelling, partly because of the erratic alternations in tone from sophomoric comedy to preachy moralizing, partly because of the intellectual flabbiness
of the characters' philosophizing, and partly because the dignity, wisdom, nobility, and courage he attributes to Old Fish are only asserted or reported, never dramatized.
Given the stark contrast between the dynamism of investment in America and Europe's pathetic flabbiness
in recent years, all evidence leads us to believe that the trans-Atlantic IT gap probably widened further after 1999, at least until 2001.
These are the best of times in terms of creativity and opportunity, though the worst of times in terms of Jewish out-marriage, syncretism, and intellectual flabbiness
In our image-conscious culture, we sometimes confuse obesity with flabbiness
born of the occasional over-indulgence.
Doug Robertson, personal trainer and pilates instructor at Riverside Health Club, Chiswick, said: "Most of us spend far too much time sitting on our bottoms, which causes flabbiness
They must look after their subordinate's interests before their own and create for them an environment of decent clean living intolerant of vice and flabbiness
Instead of accepting the aesthetic responsibilities of cultural criticism, he attempts to cover up the flabbiness
of his normative arguments by affecting a brisk tone of self-professed tough-mindedness, saturated with self-flattering adjectives like "efficient" and "practical.
Never would I attribute their moral flabbiness
and self indulgence exclusively to the operation of government.
Autopsies of laboratory-confirmed WN meningoencephalitis cases revealed perivascular hemorrhages, ectasis of ventriculi of the brain, foci of encephalomalacia, dislocation of the brain trunk (30% of cases), and hydropericarditis with flabbiness
of the cardiac muscle.