"(H)ow can you effectively present primary scientific literature to the general public? Is this even possible?"
...There are a number of assumptions I have been forced to make while analyzing my data, many of which are critical for both my methodology and the development of few of my arguments...How do you explain to someone the relative magnitude of these assumptions?...How, then, do you effectively cover a story laden with valid assumptions, some likely to be correct, many likely to be incorrect?"
As they say, read the whole thing. For anyone who has ever tried to present empirical work to a non-empirical audience, it's a familiar problem.