The article had a lot of blue sky thinking--not actual studies. I just gave examples of paranormal topics supported by studies that I remembered--the ideas in the article you posted would be more likely to end up in a movie--or already have!!
Institutional science works in the world of empirically testable hypotheses, not untestable extrapolations. When I advise doctoral students about thesis topics, I make sure that they can deliver an empirical contribution to knowledge in a limited amount of time with available resources.
If it's not a professional career at stake, outside of the academic world, I'd support and even encourage a flashier topic or riskier design. When, and if those are carried out, they are most likely to end up in a place like paranormal.
I could give you examples.