I wouldn't say, "Well, this one guy here breaks all these rules and is pretty good, so I guess all rules are pointless."
Perhaps I overstated my case when I said that I didn't care about rules lists. As I said earlier, I do think it's useful and important to learn from the techniques other writers use. But I view it more in terms of the works they write--the rules they list off are important mostly so you can more efficiently extract their techniques.
In Bisson's case, his rules are helpful for writing stories like "I Saw the Light" and "Bears Discover Fire." My stories aren't much like those, so his techniques aren't all that helpful to me. That doesn't mean I can't learn from, say, the way he handles the concept of religious rapture, but it does mean I can ignore more of his list than I could of a list by, say, Orson Scott Card (whom I write much more similarly to.)
Edit: My original phrasing of this was more confrontational than it needed to be, so I'll tone it down. I think you're misinterpreting a lot of what Mythopoet is saying. Seriously, reread her earlier posts--there are things you're saying she's saying that just don't seem like they follow logically from what she actually posted.