Shiro wrote:Kaworu can control the Evas because, and ONLY because, he's Adam. The Evas, sans Shogouki, are made of Adam.
Uh huh, why else do would you think Eva-01 could be activated with just a digital copy of Rei's though patterns and not an actual pilot? According to Gendo the Eva doesn't actually need a mother's soul with their son or daughter as a pilot to synchronise, it simply needs a set of thought patterns that are compatible with the resident soul/mind.
These are 2 different things happening. Kaworu says that Eva-02's soul has shut itself off, giving some reason to why Asuka wasn't able to synch with it anymore, and that was why Kaworu can control it. The Dummy plug is used to trick
the resident soul into believing there's a pilot. The second attempt to trick Yui failed. There is still a pilot (trick) soul interaction happening with Eva-01's case, but no soul in the equation with Kaworu.
This is the dummy plug prototype.
Rei's personal data has been loaded into it,
but it's not really possible to digitize a human mind and soul.
Ultimately, it's a fake, an imitation.
Just a machine that emulates a pilot's thinking process.
It'll transmit a signal pattern to the Eva.
As long as the Eva believes there's a pilot and synchronizes, that's enough.
Load the data into Unit 01 and Unit 02.
The Eva are made of the same body as I am.
Because I am born from Adam as well.
I could merge with them, if only they didn't have souls.
Unit 02's soul has shut itself away for now.
Going along with your train of thought though what does the "me inside the Eva" actually mean? Seeing as the pilots, Shinji especially, encounter themselves and others while in the entry plug. Also, the way it's worded is similar to the "the me in the mind's of others" stuff.
The clear difference between Rei's encounter and everyone else's encounter with themselves, is the others never question "Wait, is that me over there?", which indicate to me either they're not conciously (or lucidly) aware of their situation, as if dreaming or seeing images, or they weren't seeing them at all and the images were put there to aid the narrative.