This paper begins with a review of the collection 18 Unconventional Essays on the Nature of Mathematics edited by Hersh (2006). Inspired especially by the contribution by Thurston to that collection, I then go on to discuss, by means of a couple of thought experiments involving computer "oracles", the nature of mathematics as a human activity, hopefully providing some balance to the simplified view (sometimes held by research mathematicians such as myself) of the discipline as purely a quest for objective truth.
"Objective Truth versus Human Understanding in Mathematics and in Chess,"
The Mathematics Enthusiast: Vol. 4
, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umt.edu/tme/vol4/iss2/2