about as attractive as putting one's head on a guillotine

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NewAmerica

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I don't understand how "putting one's head on a guillotine" can be described as "attractive." It sounds to be kind of autosadism, not a proper linguistic use.

I am not sure.

What does "attractive" mean here, then?


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Psychologist Eric-Jan Wagenmakers of the University of Amsterdam has engaged in this sort of proponent–sceptic collaboration, when he teamed up with another group in an attempt to replicate its research suggesting that horizontal eye movements help people to retrieve events from their memory. It is often difficult to get researchers whose original work is under scrutiny to agree to this kind of adversarial collaboration, he says. The invitation is “about as attractive as putting one's head on a guillotine — there is everything to lose and not much to gain”.

Source: nature How scientists fool themselves – and how they can stop
 
  • entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    It's perfectly literal, really, if a bit exaggerated. How attractive is putting your head on a guillotine? How much fun would it be? How would you like it? Well the invitation is roughly that much fun: you'd like it about that much.
     

    Myridon

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    English - US
    On a scale from 1 to 10, how attractive is putting one's head on a guillotine?
    Negative 8.
    On a scale from 1 to 10, how attractive is the invitation?
    Negative 7.9.

    -7.9 is about -8.
     
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