I had a friend with an ABD PhD -- meaning "All but Dissertation" - the classes but not the independent research and writing.
I called him Aristotelian because he was one who preferred to believe that the only way to really learn things was by thinking - no dirty little experimentation need be tolerated.
Pseudoscientific was added because in nearly 10 years of education, the only science class taken was meteorology which was taught with only high school algebra as a needed mathematical background. So, his lab experience was pretty much zero as well.
The fact that two banks a few blocks apart could report temperatures 10*F different was difficult for him to accept. His major experience with temperature was the furnace controller on the wall and the outdoor temperature sensor in his Subaru. His attempts to learn to cook were all dismal failures.
One day he bought a thermometer, probably electronic. I never saw it. It was a hot summer day. The temperature outside the car was consistent with the temperature on the radio.
He left the car sitting in the sun and came back an hour later. He started measuring the temperature at different places in the car and was astonished that the temperature varied widely all over the place. Up to 130*F in places and down to only 90*F in other places.
He had no idea that temperature was so hard to "measure".
He could never understand why I would gather the indoor and outdoor electronic sensors together in one spot in the house and let them all come to stable temperatures and record the results on each of the units.
As a rule, all of the temperatures of the 3 outdoor sensors and the 5 indoor sensor units were within +/-1*F, with most of the differences being only a few tenths of a degree. Everything was a LaCrosse branded product.
It was too hard to read the cheap glass thermometers to that accuracy, so I simply ignored them and still do. There is always a digital around to glance at.
I have a HighTech "wonder watch/altimeter/barometer/compass/stopwatch.... and usually never remember to even glance at the temperature indicated upon it because it is such a pain to get it to reach a stable off the wrist temperature. If I ever did pay attention to it, it would be treated as a not very reliable instrument.
However, when I have worn it in the hot tub at the YMCA, it does appear to indicate the water temperature pretty accurately - when there is someone around to measure the hot tub temperature, that is.
The beginning post of this thread tells me that somebody suddenly got an experimental exposure that was shocking to inner beliefs about temperature measurement being easy.
Mixing up different thermometer types and brands. Almost as bad as old style sleeping bag temperature ratings.